By Kevin Eckstrom
Religion News Service
All eyes are on the White House today, where ABC is reporting that POTUS will try to split the baby (so to speak) with religious groups over his mandate to offer contraception coverage to employees. VPOTUS Joe Biden(a Catholic, it’s worth mentioning) says he’s “determined to see that this gets worked out.”
Meanwhile, the NYT reports that U.S. Catholic bishops had anticipated their fight with Obama months before he rolled out the policy change: Hours after President Obama phoned to share his decision with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York … the bishops’ headquarters in Washington posted on its Web site a video of Archbishop Dolan, which had been recorded the day before.”
Mother Angelica‘s EWTN Catholic cable network has filed at least the third lawsuit by a religious group against the contraception mandate. Rick Santorum says the contraception mandate has “nothing to do with women’s rights” (and also thinks female “emotions” could get in the way of military combat). On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants everyone to just “calm down” already.
Or, as Mother Jones points out, is this all really much ado about nothing? “The central mandate—that most employers have to cover preventative care for women—has been law for over a decade.”
Things are getting downright weird in Philly, where there are calls to make sure that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua didn’t die of foul play just one day after he was deemed fit to appear as a witness in a major sex abuse trial.