In this video, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops--in a word, the leading Catholic cleric in the nation--urges Americans to lobby against the Obama administration's ruling on contraception. (The tape runs just under two minutes.)
I find myself of two minds about this.
A Catholic bishop, demonstrating the courage to break with a Democratic president--and to do so in the name of liberty? That's good--and, to anyone who has followed the bishops over the last few decades, more than good. It's astonishing.
But jeepers. Although the Cardinal proves warm and personable, his conceit here--that the struggle for constitutional rights represents some sort of baseball game--is utterly insipid. "A foul ball?" That's what he calls an effort to force Americans to violate their consciences?
Eminence, may a layman offer a word of advice?
If you're going to fight, fight.