This oped piece explains very well how we (the Cathoic Church, Christians in general, and all faithful, God-fearing citizens) got to where we are today.
The federal government does not recognize or respect the beliefs we claim to hold dear - because our past conduct has not indicated that we cared one iota for these beliefs.
I have often told my Catholic friends that if the Catholic bishops had stood firm following the Roe vs. Wade SCOTUS decision, and if they had clearly stated that Catholics could never accept or support politicians who carelessly threw out the “personally opposed, but pro-choice position”, the abortion holocaust would certainly have been diminished considerably. For example, it might not have been so easy for so-called Catholic politicians to all join the pro-choice crowd, or for average Catholics to go along with the Democrat Party’s slide into full hedonism. They might have reconsidered staying within the ancestral bosom of the Democrat Party.
I am not being Pollyannish about this. I know abortion would have grown, but we would not have so much confusion with Catholics about the seriousness of the matter. Because the bishops were weak in their response in 1973, many Catholics to not take them seriously now. So, this writer has stated the problem perfectly. Obama does not care whether the bishops support him, as he thinks it will not cost him any votes.
As for the bishops, Cardinal Dolan has stated that he/they will not yield to such tyranny which requires we all violate our consciences. If Obama wins this election, people of faith will have to step forward and be willing to become 21st Century Thomas Mores.