This phrase, or rather variations of it, has been bouncing around the blogsphere recently. It has to do, of course, with right wing protestantism and the Catholic Church and their preoccupation with contraception, abortion and gay marriage. These, we all know, are sins which rose in the ranks of evil things along with their political usefulness.
Some blogsphere writers think the faction of Catholics they refer to as advocates for a “Pelvic Zone Papacy” are disappointed by a recent document, Pope Benedict’s Pontification Council for Justice and Peace.
What might be difficult for the pelvic fans is its emphasis on fair or just distributions of income and wealth. While the Church has always had an active advocacy for distributive justice, we have not heard much about it with all the hand wringing over the three pelvic issues.
That such a document was released is refreshing. It helps put the spotlight on issues people are marching in the street about, very unequal distribution of income.
Now, like most religious documents for broad distribution, including the Bible itself, there is something for everyone. For example, after saying incomes should not be so unequal, it also says government powers should not be so big as to be onerous. It was not really specific as to what should be done about the distributive injustice.
The effect of money on people is kind of easy to predict. If people don’t have much, they want more. If they have a lot, they want more, also.
Perhaps, pelvic zone is out and distributive justice is in.