They really are evil, our friends over there running the Catholic church. Then again, we are talking about people who coddled pedophiles and actually enabled the serial rape of young children, and who are still lying about the facts and claiming they did nothing wrong (the former NY cardinal actually just retracted his apology for the scandal from ten years ago). So the notion of being surprised by how nasty the Catholic leadership can be is somewhat naive, I suppose.
In USA Today, the Catholic bishops admit that it never was about whether Catholic hospitals would have to cover contraceptives in their health insurance plans. They don't want any Americans, anywhere, to have contraceptives covered in their health care plans.
It still boggles my mind that anyone even talks to these men. These are our moral arbiters in the Catholic church, the same people who are leaving poor parentless children with nowhere to turn because they'd rather hurt children than deal with a gay person. You have to wonder how the Obama administration can even stomach sitting in the same room with these people. The Catholic church lost its moral authority when it chose to look the other way while men under its employ were having intercourse with children under the age of 10. Nearly a quarter of the alleged victims were under 10 years of age. And these Catholic "leaders" have the nerve to lecture President Obama about morality? He shouldn't let them step foot in his house. It still boggles my mind that Catholics refuse to rise up against their own church. It's not enough to say you don't agree with these men. If you give them your money, you share the responsibility for their crimes.
From USA Today:
The rule goes into effect Aug. 1, but if objections are raised, another year's extension is possible.And the cat is out of the bag. So it never was about "Catholic hospitals." It's about the Catholic church's desire to control the sex lives of everyone on planet, from ten year old boys - who are urged to have sex - to grown women, who can't.
That was no consolation to Catholic leaders. The White House is "all talk, no action" on moving toward compromise, said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn down the heat, to placate people without doing anything in particular," Picarello said. "We're not going to do anything until this is fixed."
That means removing the provision from the health care law altogether, he said, not simply changing it for Catholic employers and their insurers. He cited the problem that would create for "good Catholic business people who can't in good conscience cooperate with this."
"If I quit this job and opened a Taco Bell, I'd be covered by the mandate," Picarello said.