I do not doubt in the least that Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops take their task with the utmost seriousness and compassion. But, ethics are informed by experience and, as such, their ethics will remain fatally flawed and their conclusions fatally unjust.
It used to be Americans viewed Catholic hospitals and health care systems with universal respect and trust, but high-profile power plays by the bishops recently pushed the brand onto a steep downward slide.
The questions that exist around reproductive health care and religious ethics are profound and challenging. Yet, some of the loudest voices in the media are labeling contraception coverage an attack on religious liberty.
This egregious violation of religious freedom marks the first time in our history that the federal government is forcing religious people and groups to ante up for services that violate their consciences.