I see from the big thread of the day at dotCommonweal that five dozen religious orders have weighed in with Congress to pass health insurance reform. CHA plus sisters on the teeter side and bishops on the totter.
That’s got to feel frustrating in some corners. David Nickol has the measure of that second movement:
If (hopefully when) the bill passes and no federal funds wind up being spent on abortion, the American Bishops and others in the pro-life movement will claim all of their protests prevented anyone from daring to implement all of the alleged pro-abortion features of the bill. After all, didn’t they stop FOCA?
O yeah, remember FOCA? We were so sure that was going to be a big problem, right?
The antics of politicians are generally juvenile these days, especially (but not exclusively because of the losing party), but it’s getting increasingly hard to give the outspoken bishops more credit than the protagonist got in this tale.
You don’t suppose the bishops ever pondered setting up their own health insurance system, do you?