George Will on ABC’s This Week last Sunday made three points in regard to the HHS Mandate “compromise” that are undeniably true:
As Paul Ryan said to you, this is an accounting gimmick that they’ve done that in no way ends the complicity of Catholic institutions and individuals in delivering services they consider morally abhorrent.
Second. You asked the question, ‘How did this come about?’ George, this is what liberalism looks like. This is what the progressive state does. It tries to break all the institutions of civil society, all the institutions that mediate between the individual and the state. They have to break them to the saddle of the state.
Third. The Catholic Bishops, it serves them right. They’re the ones who were really hot for Obamacare, with a few exceptions. But they were all in favor of this. And this is what it looks like when the government decides it’s going to make your healthcare choices for you.
In regard to the Bishops they did fight hard for the Stupak amendment and they were aghast when it was defeated, but, in general, the Bishops loved the idea of national health care, with a restriction against funding abortions, even with a gang of anti-Catholics like the Obama administration at its helm. What the Obama administration has done in regard to contraceptives and abortifacients was as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. I hope the Bishops have learned a lesson now about the dangers of the Church getting into bed with the Welfare State, but I doubt it. I praise the Bishops for standing up to the Mandate and not being gulled by the “compromise” , but I think most of them still do not grasp that giving this type of power to Caesar inevitably will cause the Church to become a target of that power sooner or later, for modern liberalism is a vastly intolerant secular religion, and where they have the power, modern liberals will use the power of the State to enforce their orthodoxy.