I haven't done this in a while, the USCCB press release is my first victim
h/t to Fr. Z, this is also on the USCCB website...my comments in red...my commentary on the comnentary afterwards.
Bishops Studying Initial White House Movement On Religious Liberty
February 10, 2012 New opportunity to dialogue with executive branch (eh, dialogue is two ways, monologue is more like it)
Too soon (well, soon enough for me to do this) to tell whether and how much improvement on core concerns Commitment to religious liberty for all means legislation still necessary (The problem, this administration has zero commitment to religious liberty, nilch, nada, understand this Bishops')
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (I prefer DPAP) sees initial opportunities (to be deceived again) in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President Obama’s announcement today (lol, funny, anyone with a brain realizes what zero is trying to do, please hire me as your advisor, i'll save you the trouble: you'll be paying twice for moral evils). But the Conference continues to express concerns. “While there may b,e an openness to respond to some of our concerns (lol, openness, more like political double speak), we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of USCCB.
“The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” he said. (Now, would this be a problem, had all the Bishops' spoken out against healthcare reform from the beginning?, perhaps not...this is what happens when you play ball with the gov't you lose)
“Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” (one problem, there wasn't a change) Cardinal-designate Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration (why, they're not willing to work with you, you oppose everything they stand for) to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.”
1) For those of you that aren't familiar with Islam...lying to advance an agenda is called Taqiyya (if you want to correct my spelling, eh). Effectively, the zero administration is using this tactic from Islam to force Catholics and other religious institutions against their will (consciences). Now instead of employers having to pay, all will: Employers, employees and insurance companies. (We'll trade 1 and give you 3 instead). Whoever is advising the Bishops' needs to be fired. I'll happily replace the advisors.
2) What the Bishops' fail to realize the problem isn't just with Abortion, artificial contraception being covered. It's the WHOLE CONCEPT OF OBAMACARE. People being forced to buy things against their own will, is just flat out wrong. Secular governments play by secular rules, that's it. Bishops' stand up for subsidiarity...for your flock...While the system does need to be reformed. This is not how it should be done. The problem is that people are not participating in the market directly. No one knows the cost of any medical procedure because insurance automatically pays for it. But that's a topic for another post.
3) The "administration" does not want dialogue. Forget dialogue, presuming good will on the administration got you Obamacare. They are evil. Evil needs to be called evil and directly opposed.