Skip to comments.NBC Chief Medical Editor Demands Catholic Church Support Contraception
Posted on 03/18/2013 1:38:52 PM PDT by Kaslin
Appearing on Monday's NBC Today as part of the Today's Professionals panel discussion, the network's chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman urged the Catholic Church to abandon its opposition to contraception: "Here's one thing I really would implore the Catholic Church to do on a global issue.... poverty without birth control begets more poverty....So this is a chance to take the humility and the poverty and say now we're really going to talk about this in a civilized way and move it forward." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Advertising executive Donny Deutsch chimed in: "Well that's my point, we're not talking about the real issues....And we can talk about tolerance with gays and attitudes towards women." Snyderman agreed: "And women in the Church."
NBC Chief Medical Editor Demands Catholic Church Support Contraception
The commentary was prompted by co-host Matt Lauer fretting that newly elected Pope Francis was showing too much humility: "A lot of people seem to be falling in love with this guy, in part because of humility and authenticity....Is it possible to take it too far?"
Deutsch lectured: "...there's style and there's substance. It's great to do all of this style stuff, man of the people. But, and we've talked about this ad nauseam, until the Catholic Church starts to address what we all know are the real issues the Church has, which is the real concern of the people, this stuff doesn't matter."
Near the end of the exchange, Lauer wondered: "Does this behavior take some of the mystique away from the Papacy?"
Here is a full transcript of the March 18 panel discussion:
MATT LAUER: We're back now, 8:09, with Today's Professionals. Star Jones, Donny Deutsch, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, here to weigh in on the stories that have a lot of people talking. Good morning all, nice to see you guys.
Let's start by talk about Pope Francis, okay? A lot of people seem to be falling in love with this guy, in part because of humility and authenticity. This is a guy who said, "I'm not going to stand and greet the other cardinals on an elevated platform, I'm going to be a their level." He rode a minivan instead of the papal sedan. He went to the hotel...
NANCY SNYDERMAN: Paid his own bill.
LAUER: ...after being elevated to pope, checked himself out, paid his own bill. So a lot of people like this move to simplicity, a move to the to the poor. Is it possible to take it too far?
STAR JONES: Yeah, in a way. Because as pope he has certain security issues that the Swiss guard's going to have to put in place. There's certain things that he can't do. He should not be in, you know, the public transportation. He can, of course, be a man of the people, but he really can't be with the people all the time.
LAUER: So this morning when he went out of the Vatican and greeted some of the faithful at the side there and shook their hands, you don't think we're going to see this for long?
DONNY DEUTSCH: You know, to me, it's interesting as an image guy, there's style and there's substance. It's great to do all of this style stuff, man of the people. But, and we've talked about this ad nauseam, until the Catholic Church starts to address what we all know are the real issues the Church has, which is the real concern of the people, this stuff doesn't matter. It doesn't matter.
SNYDERMAN [POINTING TO JONES, DEUTSCH, AND HERSELF]: So, you know, it's interesting sitting here today because we have a Charismatic Christian, a Jew, and an Episcopalian.
DEUTSCH: Why is she [Jones] a Charismatic Christian and I'm just a Jew?
SNYDERMAN: Because that's-
LAUER: You're a charismatic member of the Jewish faith. How about that?
SNYDERMAN: Well, with that little bump, and I'm an Episcopalian, speaking about the Catholic Church. I happen to love the pomp and circumstance of tradition. But here's one thing I really would implore the Catholic Church to do on a global issue If this man has adopted the name of Francis-
LAUER: Francis of Assisi.
SNYDERMAN: Of Francis of Assisi, and deals with the poor, poverty without birth control begets more poverty.
DEUTSCH: Well that's my point, we're not talking about the real issues.
SNYDERMAN: So this is a chance to take the humility and the poverty and say now we're really going to talk about this in a civilized way and move it forward.
DEUTSCH: And we can talk about tolerance with gays and attitudes towards women.
SNYDERMAN: And women in the Church.
JONES: That's not going to happen. You can't you're going to don't expect that the Pope is going to the Pope is not going to make those changes right now. It's not happening.
LAUER: You guys have taken this in a much deeper direction than I actually intended. I meant more on a superficial level. Does this behavior take some of the mystique away from the Papacy?
SNYDERMAN: No, no.
LAUER: And is that a good thing or a bad thing?
DEUTSCH: No, it makes it more appealing. I mean if he can appeal on that level, it just makes him literally and figuratively a man of the people.
SNYDERMAN: But interestingly, now I want more from him.
Lack of birth control doesn’t cause poverty.
This is a humanist lie.
Lack of FAMILY causes poverty.
Lack of FREEDOM causes poverty.
What a pack of a$$wipes!
Has NBC ever made a challenge to those bowing to the segregated city of Mecca to stop killing the "subhuman" non-muslims?
Pick your battles, Big Media.
What is it about the job that grabs their attention ~ the robes? The ermine trimmed outer garment? Silver dishes? Maybe the medieval AC found in so many facilities ~ possibly that's it ~ a hankering after old fashioned buildings.
You insult witches ~
Arrogant and ignorant
Shorter progressives: our base is too stupid to avoid pregnancy.
Another non-economist offering opinions in an area outside her competence.
That is never going to happen
Sure Nancy, whatever you say...
I demand that NBC support Fox News Channel. lol
:: poverty without birth control begets more poverty ::
Yet no one provides the current cultural logical conclusion:
Stae Welfare encourages the expanse of the impoverished without birth control...
Here’s an idea... Talk to Jehovah.
If He changes his mind... Then so can the Pope.
Another non-Catholic DEMANDING that the church obey her. Waiting with bated breath to see how the Pope responds/s (crickets).
The left dearly wants those things to be "issues" with the Catholic church but the church doesn't play the game.
With that thinking, I can piss on Snyderman's leg and call it rain.
Everybody seems to think the pope is the tooth-fairy. When they find out he isn’t, they’re gonna draft one.
I sometimes forget what pure Malthusians libs are on certain issues. If only they’d read him on the fruitlessness of charity.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of all the non-Catholics given us their opinion or advice.
The larger point that this reprobate misses is that the Word of God prohibits fornication.
Just imagine how they would have critiqued Jesus!
Snyderman must be bucking to be Obama’s top doc.
What a vapid conversation.
On birth control, does this group of inconsequential people have something against those Little Brown and Black and Yellow people who actually WANT children?
Is there something essentially absolute about the pronouncements of a bunch of effete celebrities concerning the reproductive organs of others?
Do they ever listen to themselves? They are trite and uninformed to the point of idiocy.
I wonder if NBC will be open to programming and production advice from the Vatican in return.
Does anyone give a smelly sceptic Obama what anyone from NBC “thinks”?
Democrat Party Politics require a permanent dependent class. Same as how pimps make prostitutes ever think twice about leaving the plantation no matter how badly they are treated.
Bears repeating MrB...well said.
Just a guess here, but I’m pretty sure the RC church is unimpressed with this demand.
Alot of these limo-liberal animals love China’s one child policy. They see humans on their globe like you see cockroaches in your house.
A PERFECT example of WHY they’re called the LAMESTREAM MEDIA.
And people in hell want ice water.
Can we talk taking off the fingers of socialist-progressives at joint at a time? We can’t? Oh. Sorry.
Why does this debate even concern religion? Why should one person have to pay for another person’s contraception? I don’t have any religious objection to contraception. Does that mean the government should be able to make me pay for a stranger’s contraception? The fact that we are even to this point in the argument shows how far we have fallen as a “free” people.
As a non-Catholic, does the Pope really care what my opinion is regarding the Catholic Churchs position on birth control?
Yet Liberals spout on. The Pope isn’t suggesting anything related to birth-control to liberals. It is the other way around. Always has been.
Ok... as a non-liberal, gun owner, does (CO Gov.) Hickenlooper really care what my opinion is regarding the 2 bills on gun-control in my state?
Keep in mind, I live in Colorado and have for a long, long time. Keep in mind the Colorado legistators supposedly ‘represent’ me.
Non-catholics can ignore the Pope and have since Pope #1 put on the hat. No big deal. What happens if I ignore a liberal Governor who wants to limit the size of my clip?
Most Liberals will not have a clue why the difference is so offensive to me...and so sad for America.
How about: liberalism (er, “progressive-ism”) begets poverty of the human spirit and I call upon liberals (”progressives”) to give up their dangerous world view?
Think that will “resonate”? No, neither did I.
LOL, well yeah!
They have already hired all the maids, drivers, bodyguards, gardeners, pool boys, cooks, cleaners, etc., they, and their leftist comrades, need.
Besides being a communist shrew, the woman is absolutely WRONG.
For the last 50+ years in this country, TRILLIONS have been spent on welfare, and every other kind of public assistance known to man. El Diablo and the democrats continually preach about "the poor" - which happens to include millions of welfare mommas who have had, courtesy of the American taxpayer, access to every type of birth control that exists. And yet, there is still poverty!
Catholics and other Christians do the heavy lifting in this world when it comes to charity and charitable causes, but all a snob like Syderman can do is rip them for not endorsing birth control and gay marriage. For an MD she's pretty stupid.
I’m not a Catholic but even I appreciate that there’s a lot more to the ‘Eternal Church’ than just a mere name. They call it an ‘Eternal Church’ because their values and beliefs are not subject to the whims and vagueries of politically correct society and fallen-away liberal Jews like Snyderman and Lauer.
There's not a whole lot of science behind assertion, is there.
I Just LOVE when Jews tell the Catholic Chirch what they should do!!!!!
Lack of MARRIAGE causes Poverty!!!
Nobody in the Church --- neither Pope nor Council nor Curia nor the "Sensus Fidelium" --- has the power or authority to change moral reality. It's not something some Catholic invented. It's not something some Catholic can revoke.
I love the brisk and bracing intransigence.
I’ve said for a long time that the Catholic church should drop it’s ban on contraception and many U.S. Catholics disregard it. I am opposed to abortion.
Why do they so obsessed with the Catholic Church?
Sorry. I meant to say: Why are they so obsessed with the Catholic Church?
We greatly value your opinion /sarc