Last week we were treated to all sorts of stories about how Catholic bishops were just partisan tools. The headline in the Los Angeles Times was, for instance, “Are Catholic bishops abandoning nonpartisanship in contraception battle?” (I wrote a little something about how this was a public relations message being pushed by a Soros-funded religious progressive group.)
As silly as that narrative was to begin with, it just took a debilitating hit with the Friday Night News Dump from the Catholic Health Association:
Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees.
The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops to help the president win approval in Congress. But the group said Friday it does not believe church-affiliated employers should have to provide birth control as a free preventive service, as the law now requires.
The letter is signed by Sister Carol Keehan, the same woman who effusively praised the so-called accommodation offered by the Obama administration back in February. Now she says it's not enough.
Stay tuned for the next spin ...