Conscience Formation by Misleading Numbers

Once again, the Catholic Church wants you to form their own conscience on same sex marriage and health care as long it is what they tell you it should be.  In Don Klemmer’s article in the July 19th issue of the Catholic Spirit he tries to overwhelm you with “numbers” as a form of quasi-facts that are supposed to help form your own conscience and remove any “plausible deniability” (like there’s some sort of conspiracy going on here).  The problem is that most of these facts are either misleading or irrelevant to the discussion at hand and are being used in a shell game to scare you into forming your conscience in the image of the Catholic Church.
 
On the question of abortion he tries to convince you using stem cells “facts” and the fear of Catholic institutions going out of business.  He is quick to tell you that the number of “incurable” diseases found from human embryos is zero while those obtained from adults is 73.  What he doesn’t tell you is that this number is skewed by the fact that government restrictions have made it nearly impossible to do any research using stem cells from human embryos that are obtained through a variety of means and not just “harvested” (It’s like a losing football game 73 to 0 with the quarterback’s hands tied behind his back.  It’s just not a realistic comparison.)  

He also puts forth the idea that one in six Catholic institutions will “probably” go out of business if they are required to comply with the new health care requirements.  Where’s does this “fact” even come from?  Where are the clear cut numbers that he speaks about in a statistical number of “probably.”  Nowhere.  He then goes on to quote several very large numbers (very nice use of bolding to show big numbers) that show the care provided by the Catholic Church.  They have no relevance to the issues he’s discussing, but Americans do like big numbers.  In the end he’s using misleading facts about stems cells and installing fear that Catholic institutions will go out of business to make his point. 
 
He also promotes the defense of marriage with numbers that have nothing to do with same sex marriage.  His self procaimed most significant statistic is that “probably” (there’s that uncompromising number of probably again) that “children in single-parent family comprise 27 percent of all Americans, yet they count for 62 percent of all poor children.”  He then goes on to show very large numbers about how many children live in poverty that cannot provide enough food for their families.  What does all of this have to do with same sex marriages?  If he's worried about children in single family homes and living in poverty, then it seems like same sex marriages are a great solution to this problem.  If there were more same sex marriages, then there would probably be less single-parent families. (did you like my uncompromising statistic too?)
 
All of this is not meant to help you form your own conscience, but rather create your conscience in the Catholic Church’s image of conscience formation, through misleading information and fear.  Sounds like a politician doesn’t it?  If the Church really wants to worry about numbers, then they should worry about the rise of atheism in this country.  That seems like a better use of their time and print; you know, saving people from the devil and evil.  
 
By the way, here are some interesting facts for you.  If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19.  You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.   It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written.  In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.  The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million.   Sorry, I was just itching to throw in my own worthless facts too. (If these facts help you form your own conscience on any issue it is purely unintentional and I apologize).