As George Weigel notes, there is and will be no compromise from U. S. Catholic bishops on religious freedom. They will not give in to the Obama regime and help dispense contraceptives against church teaching. Good on them!
I particularly appreciate how the bishops cut through all the bull… spin in their statement:
This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive. . . . This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the bishops’ somehow ‘banning contraception,’ when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is, instead, about the federal government forcing the Church . . . to act against Church teachings. This is not a matter of opposition to universal health care, which has been a concern of the Bishops’ Conference since 1919, virtually at its founding. This is not a fight we want or asked for, but one forced upon us by government on its own timing. Finally, this is not a Republican or Democratic, a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American issue.
And, if I may add, this is not about a non-existent “war on women.” This is about a war on Constitutional freedom of religion. For under Obama and all in history with a totalitarian bent, the state must be served and worshipped uber alles!