You are vastly mis-interpreting what the Catholic Bishops are arguing for there. They want Pro-Life principles in the Health Care Bill; in other words, they want the Pro-Life amendments included so that whatever comes out, will respect life. Sadly after that, it becomes a prudential judgment for Catholics on support for or against.
Granted, considering the Catholic Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity and the Catholic Church’s opposition to Marxist ideology, the Catholic position should be to oppose it.
That’s not to say that the USCCB doesn’t have a liberal trend, but I doubt you will see any endorsement of Obamacare. They know something will pass and they are protecting their interest as Pro-Life and Hospital Administrators by working to ensure abortion isn’t enshrined in the bill.
I have, granted, misunderstood the news release, and I'm grateful for you pointing it out, before I could fire off any more white-hot emails.
I believe and will argue that it is proper to stand up for life at all stages of the debate.
However, I am just postponing my holy rage, because urging approval of any "anti-abortion" compromises is merely that, and it is a defacto support of this dysfunctional power grab known as "healthcare reform."
So we will patiently endure the charade because why, apart from some dispensation from on high, would we expect these vaunted robes to not support the swelling of the state, once the state nominally accedes to their "demands?"
As if the state gives a living rip about what a bunch of old men in black robes thinks.