Daily Links April 18:You'd probably better take cover, because everyone and everything is under attack today

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is under attack by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. While it seemed for a time that the whole Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious had blown over, now the sisters are being criticized not merely for taking the wrong position on homosexuality and ordaining women, but for not showing enough support for the bishops’ teaching on the matters.

Meanwhile, Bill Donahue, et al, have whipped themselves into a frenzy over a segment of The Daily Show about the war on women. The segment features a picture that even surprised Jon Stewart with a depiction of a manger covering a woman’s genitals. It’s not real, but watch at your own discretion. Donahue writes: “This unprecedented vulgar assault on Christians cannot stand. If Jon Stewart doesn’t apologize, we will mount a boycott of his show’s advertisers. And we will enlist our allies in the Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and Muslim communities.” I like how Donahue called this an “unprecedented vulgar assault” as if he’s never been so offended and didn’t start an entire organization about his perceived anti-Catholicism in the general culture.

And you may have heard that the USCCB thinks religious liberty is “under attack,” but did you know they also think the poor aren’t getting treated that fairly? (Or, as the bishops put it, the Republican budget does not meet the moral test.)  Maybe you missed that statement signed by just two of them during all the hold-nothing-back, partisan speech over the Obama administration’s so-called attempt to destroy the Catholic Church in America and their appeals to the faithful to join in solidarity for a “fortnight of freedom” and the resistance of “unjust laws.”

And the Society of St. Pius X has even joined in the criticism of the bishops (under attack for claiming they’re under attack?), though only because they think the bishops are arguing from a false premise and the SSPX society is stuck in the 19th century