Over its entire history, the Roman Catholic Church has been a political force. It is its own country, and has its own foreign policy and taxing authorities all over the world.
Central to the Church's lifeblood are some key ingredients that most members of the Church reject.
Divorce, while prohibited and the death-knell of most divorced people seeking to become members, is common.
Birth control is practiced, despite the Church's position against birth control, a socially and economically devastating mandate that is well past its time, and far more difficult to tolerate than almost every other one of its antiquated mandates.
And the Roman Catholic Church apparently will never cede its authority to women.
Despite these facts, two Catholics, Newt Gingrich, a three time married man and Rick Santorum, who is true to his faith and its teachings remain thorns in the side of Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Later Day Saints, another chauvinist church that treats women as second class citizens, and Barrack Obama.
Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have assailed the Obama Administration's decision that the Roman Catholic Church must distribute birth control devices and drugs if it expects to receive federal government funds. Leaving aside the irony for a minute that the decision deals with federal give-aways to Catholic institutions and focusing solely on the politics of the situation, this issue comes up at what can be seen as a carefully orchestrated time in the current election cycle.
And the responses have been as planned, designed to put pressure on Mitt Romney and cast Rick Santorum in the spoiler role in at least Minnesota.
Rick Santorum has done his best to bring the abortion issue to the forefront. Surely, he is the preferred candidate for the Roman Catholic Church. And just as surely, the Church is gearing up its battle today with 800,000 Roman Catholics in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Diocese.
How many are Republicans? Surely, most are.
How many will be voting Roman Catholic? Surely, most are.
And what has the latest dust up told us about the Roman Catholic Church?
That it accepts huge amounts of federal money without which their operations could not exist.
That it maintains that it is above the law and does not need to follow the requirements of other institutions if its philosophies differ from that of the United States government.
That it would prefer to end its "charity" which comes with huge amounts of federal money rather than provide the same type of assistance as all other institutions that accept federal money.
I say "charity" because it is unknown whether the Roman Catholic Church adds to its huge coffers in Rome by obtaining federal money for its various organizations that will be required to provide health care that is contrary to its long-lasting doctrine.
In the end, we are looking at a group that is so diverse that it is unclear where its votes will go. So we have the MSM focused on making certain they make a big deal out of the Republican Party caucuses, one of which is totally non-binding, that occur today in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri.
This is a watershed event in this election cycle. But not for the Republicans. Their nominee will eventually emerge no matter what the Roman Catholic Church attempts to dictate. But their position will dictate, and has dictated, what the Republican position is on abortion and other birth control issues.
Instead of being a political force that will decide the election, the Church will end up making itself even more irrelevant. Far from being the religion dictating the results of an election, it will face even more extreme rejection by women in November even if the decision of the Obama Administration is eventually reversed.
And this is a true tragedy. Whatever happens with legislation the Church seeks to ensure that they will get their votes and have their political influence.
For someone whose views on abortion have changed over the years, become more conservative and less female oriented, I personally cannot understand the reasoning behind the great Roman Catholic fight of 2012 any more than I can understand their opposition to birth control.
But without a doubt the greatest tragedy so far in this election year is seeing that the Church will refuse to do anything that would tend to foster birth control at their institutions, even if that precludes it from obtaining federal funds and going out of business altogether.
Why has no one found out how much the federal government gives to the Roman Catholic Church already and why that does not affect the division between the State and religion?
No one tackles the Roman Catholic Church.
Except perhaps Barrack Obama.