Skip to comments.Bishops Were Prepared for Battle Over Birth Control Coverage
Posted on 02/10/2012 4:07:25 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
When ...the Obama administration finally announced its decision to require religiously affiliated [organizations] to cover birth control in their insurance plans, the nations Roman Catholic bishops were fully prepared for battle.
Seven months earlier, they had started laying the groundwork for a major new campaign ... But the birth control mandate, issued on Jan. 20, was their Pearl Harbor.
Hours after President Obama phoned to share his decision with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York ...the USCCB posted on its Web site a video of Archbishop Dolan, which had been recorded the day before. Never before, Archbishop Dolan said, setting the tone, has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience .
But Catholics may be persuaded by the argument that the mandate is a violation of religious liberty. [S]everal prominent Catholic Democrats who supported Mr. Obama in 2008... have broken with him on the birth control mandate.
Michael Sean Winters, a writer for National Catholic Reporter, a liberal independent weekly, said: I think they misjudged that no matter what people think about contraception, thats an internal Catholic debate. Catholics do not like interlopers.
Douglas W. Kmiec, who served as ambassador to Malta under Mr. Obama and is now a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University, said he was disappointed that such a divisive course was chosen by a president who urged respect for others religious traditions. For people attracted to him for those reasons, who applaud the very passage of the health care law, we are just sort of baffled by this, Mr. Kmiec said. Especially when the train wreck was foreseen, and we kept saying, Not this track, not this track. And here came the train and ran us all over.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Or (to change the metaphor) are their finally putting away the checker board and learning to play chess
Still don't understand it.
How utterly stupid of them.
Wish there was a way to set a reminder to read this. I’m on my phone in Utah and can read full article right now.
Many things I would call it. "Interloping" is not among them.
It is my opinion that the Bishops should continue their battle. Obama is using smoke, mirrors and bs.
Many things one might be; just-sort-of-baffled should not be among them.
The Bishops should wake up. He didn’t fix anything. They still would have to provide the service against their will even though its paid for by insurance companies.
Obama is killing himself laughing. Now birth control and morning after pills are an entitlements, and a free one. This genie is never going back into the bottle.
I wouldn`t expect this to be a major political problem for 0bama. With “American Idol” back on the tube, most Americans aren`t even paying attention to the issue, and among those who are, at least half (if reflective of national poll #s) are going to support 0bama`s stance anyway.
Come November, this will all be long forgotten.
The bishops just needed a minor CYA and it appears they got it. Now it`s back to defending 0bama`s social justice agenda.
I doubt many Catholics are fooled by this Marxist Demon.
We`ll see. IIRC, the RC leadership seemed quite happy with Obamacare and Cap & Tax.
“For people attracted to him for those reasons, who applaud the very passage of the health care law, we are just sort of baffled by this, Mr. Kmiec said. Especially when the train wreck was foreseen, and we kept saying, Not this track, not this track. And here came the train and ran us all over.
For those that recall kemic and how we were baffled at his support of Obama it is interesting to see that he still is Baffled. I know Doug (I have eaten lunch with both he and his wife, my guess is none of you have) . The man’s mind is beyond brilliant in terms of Constitutional law.... DONT EVEN SCOFF believe me.... BUT HERE IS MY POINT. You can be a freaking off the chart brilliant scholar... AND not have wisdom and discernment... THOSE are the qualities we need to pray for in our leaders....
“Mr. Kmiec said. Especially when the train wreck was foreseen” -
The Obama train wreck was not unforeseen, it was predictable for anyone paying attention.
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