what John Cole is saying here touches on something that has escaped a lot of the strategists and pundits so far.
Catholicism really isn't very popular in the United States of America, and it has never been popular. Our popular media has avoided this subject in order to appear unbiased. But, the fact of the matter is, the teachings of the Catholic Church have largely been rejected by most of the American people, and by most American Catholics.
Now, is that solely because of religious bias? I'm willing to grant someone the point that there is, and probably always will be, a bias against Catholics. But there is a bias against virtually every powerful religion in the world. And when it comes to the American bias against Catholicism, it stems mostly from the fact that the church is run by a hierarchy in Rome that has nation/state ambitions that are rarely acknowledged.
This battle may be fought in the punditocracy right now, but it will emerge as a battlefield in Latin America before all is said and done. It has been a battlefield going back over forty years. Contraception and the Catholic Church are issues that are going to reach critical mass in places like Brazil and Mexico if this insistence on absolute opposition continues to be the focus of Rome. Throughout the region, there are examples of how a polite coexistence have been achieved, most notably in Guatemala. Could it lead to a violent schism? Could we end up with one Catholic Church for the world and one that is specifically for Latin America, where half the world's Catholics are moving towards the same position that American Catholics have had for decades?
It's fairly clear to me that the actions of America's Catholic hierarchy is now bordering on being anti-American. Will it come to registering bishops as agents of a foreign power?
Well, if the stupidity, the overreach, and the absolutism are any indication, why not? Americans don't want theocracy. If they're not going to accept the born again version, why would they accept the Catholic version?