Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (CCC) is a United States association of Catholic priests and deacons (i.e. members of the official Catholic Church hierarchy), with 600 members (according to their web site as of 2008-07-30). They have existed since at least 1999-09-29, when their domain name (catholic-clergy.org) was originally registered. (According to AllAboutReligion, there are approximately 46,000 priests in the US, so CCC's membership – which includes deacons as well as priests – is less than 1.5% of the US priesthood.)
They became involved in the 2008 sacred wafer scandal when they issued a statement condemning the Eucharist wafer desecration performed by PZ Myers and claiming that the US constitution not only does not provide freedom from religion but also protects religion from outside criticism.
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- 2008-07-30 [Talk|Index] The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy doesn't like me § “Freedom of speech means I do have the right to malign and make fun of any religion I want. I can't interfere with your right to practice your religion, but that hasn't happened â€” all I've done is laugh at you. .. That last clause, though... do they seriously believe that only Catholics are allowed to criticize Catholics, and that this restriction is enshrined in the constitution? That's a fine catch, that catch-22. So only Catholics can malign the faith, but if they do, then they can be kicked out of the faith, which means they can't criticize it anymore. That sounds like a ripe piece of theological logic to me.” Note: /comment 216 is a moral argument (and video) from "the guy who provided PZ with the cracker that he used in the photo."
- 2008-07-29 [Talk|Index] Catholic Clergy Call for Reparation in Response to Communion Desecration § “The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy .. respond to the sacrilegious and blasphemous desecration of the Holy Eucharist by asking for public reparation. We ask all Catholics of Minnesota and of the entire nation to join in a day of prayer and fasting that such offenses never happen again. .. We find the actions of University of Minnesota (Morris) Professor Paul Myers reprehensible, inexcusable, and unconstitutional. His flagrant display of irreverence by profaning a consecrated Host from a Catholic church goes beyond the limit of academic freedom and free speech. .. The same Bill of Rights which protect freedom of speech also protect freedom of religion. The Founding Fathers did not envision a freedom FROM religion, rather a freedom OF religion. In other words, our nation's constitution protects the rights of ALL religions, not one and not just a few. Attacking the most sacred elements of a religion is not free speech anymore than would be perjury in a court or libel in a newspaper.” A very interesting interpretation of the constitution. Commentary: Pharyngula