On the site of National Review George Weigel has a piece about the bishops and Pres. Obama’s attack on the Catholic Church and the 1st Amendment rights of all Americans.
Among other things he wrote:
In his appearance on Fox News Sunday on February 12, White House chief of staff Jack Lew discussed with host Chris Wallace what the administration was determined to sell as an “accommodation” to Catholic concerns, an “accommodation” that tweaked an HHS mandate requiring that all health insurance provide no-co-pay abortifacients, sterilizations, and contraceptives. Lew tried, unsuccessfully, to shore up the administration’s pretense that something in the moral calculus of the original mandate had changed with the administration’s “accommodation” — which, of course, it hadn’t. What was truly striking about the administration spin, however, was Lew’s suggestion that the Catholic Health Association (whose president, Sister Carol Keehan, had quickly and publicly applauded the administration’s “accommodation”) trumped the bishops’ conference when it came to who-speaks-for-the-Catholic-Church-in-America.
Mr. Weigel is right, of course, in his analysis… which points to what I have been saying for years about the Magisterum of Nuns. I pointed this out in regard to Mr. Lew with Mr. Wallace last Sunday. More people are noticing this, which is a good thing.
Weigel went on to say:
In the administration’s view, then, primacy in the Catholic Church is not conferred by the pope, but by the White House. Thus Sister Carol Keehan could be recognized by the president’s chief of staff as primate of the Catholic Church in the United States, because she headed an organization that “knows a fair amount about . . . health care in this country” — unlike, for example, those mulish bishops who had failed to be taken in by the administration’s shell game.
Yes, and WDTPRS has also made this point in the past several times, but in starker terms. We have described what Pres. Obama and his familiars want: an American Catholic Patriotic Association. The latest explication of this same was on 9 Feb HERE. If he had his way, the President would probably like to be able to make the ecclesial appointments… and he wouldn’t even have to wait for non-recess “recesses” of Congress to make them. But it is good to know that someone else is noticing.
You might check out Weigel’s piece, which has some other good points for your consideration.