Most of us heard the news that in the "eleventh hour" before the HHS contraception mandate was set to bare its teeth against Catholic agencies, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the Obama cartel from enforcing that mandate against agencies using the Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust. Among the orders who were spared was the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is nothing short of miraculous that Sotomayor, an Obama appointee and pro-abortion person would stand against the demagogue who placed her in that post. Some opine that Sotomayor is remembering that she's Catholic. While that would indeed be lovely, I think the cause is something more mundane - she is remembering that her function is to uphold the United States Constitution, with its all-important checks and balances and limits of power.
Sadly this point seems to be lost on Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB. In the wake of Sotomayor's action, he is "requesting" that Obama temporarily exempt religious institutions from the contraception/abortifacient mandate. According to the United States Constitution, the President of the United States is charged with enforcing laws that have been enacted by Congress and signed by him. He does not have sole discretion about what laws get enforced and what laws don't get enforced. He is not a dictator, as much as Obama pictures himself to be. In placing this wrong-headed petition before Obama, the Archbishop is tacitly (and hopefully unwittingly) affirming this unconstitutional view of presidential authority.
But the problems with the Archbishop's request are even more fundamental. There is no denying that Obamacare would not have been law of the land had it not been for the support of Catholics in high places and even that of the USCCB. That's right. The USCCB came out in support of Obamacare, minus the obvious abortion provisions. They failed to acknowledge two facts: 1) the inherent antipathy any socialized medical system will have for God and life and 2) the Messiah Most Mindless would lie through his teeth to garner any kind of support and then stab his supporters in the back.
If Archbishop Kurtz truly seeks to protect the Church against the overreach of Obamacare, he will first have to acknowledge the pivotal role that the USCCB played in bringing about this disaster on the entire country. He and his brother bishops will have to repent of their role and their readiness to sell their souls to the progressives in power to obtain a few measly crumbs of considerations and concessions. They will then be obliged, as a body, to oppose Obamacare in its entirety and bring all their resources to bear on the utter annihilation of the Obamacare menace.
That groveling letter will earn no concessions for the Church - at least none that really matter. It shows a complete lack of regard for those Catholics who do not work in Church-affiliated enterprises. It asks for an exercise of authority outside the bounds of the United States Constitution and shows complete cowardice in the face of a de facto tyrant. It's time for the bishops to face up to reality and start acting like men of God as opposed to wimps.
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