And the hits keep on coming for the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.
Currently, bishops from all of the dioceses in the United States have spoken out against the mandate.
“We bishops are pastors, we’re not politicians, and you can’t compromise on principle. And the goal posts haven’t moved and I don’t think there’s a 50-yard line compromise here…We’re in the business of reconciliation, so it’s not that we hold fast, that we’re stubborn ideologues, no. But we don’t see much sign of any compromise. What [Obama] offered was next to nothing. There’s no change, for instance, in these terribly restrictive mandates and this grossly restrictive definition of what constitutes a religious entity, the principle wasn’t touched at all.”
And it’s not just at the diocesan level, plenty of priests are speaking out in their local parishes. Orthodox bishops have also joined the Catholic bishops, and the Sisters of Life also released a statement saying, “This mandate will gravely violate the individual and collective religious liberties of the Sisters of Life and millions of others by forcing us to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and artificial contraception against our conscience.”
Since Catholics are considered a swing vote, it’s a wonder the Obama administration isn’t listening to them.