I'm sure that you are aware of this (from a February 3, 2012 AP news story):
The Obama administration's decision requiring church-affiliated employers to cover birth control was bound to cause an uproar among Roman Catholics and members of other faiths, no matter their beliefs on contraception.What you may have missed, however, is that some of those now upset about the federal government's overreaching, were in support of it a couple of years ago:
"It's not about preventing women from buying anything themselves, but telling the church what it has to buy, and the potential for that to go further," said Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, representing some 600 hospitals.
Keehan's support for the passage of the Obama health care overhaul was critical in the face of intense opposition by the U.S. bishops. She now says the narrowness of the religious exemption in the birth control mandate "has jolted us." She pledged to use a one-year grace period the administration has provided to "pursue a correction." [emphasis added]I understand that the Catholic Church is so upset about this that they are making a big issue of it to their flocks. But so what? If American Catholics paid attention to the Catholic Church about abortion, the Democrats would not control the White House, or the Senate, or the Massachusetts legislature, or the Maryland legislature (and I could go on and on). Unfortunately, this seems to be as much a cultural identification as a heart-felt religious conviction.
I should mention that this is hardly a problem limited to Catholics in the U.S. If evangelical Protestants voted consistent with their beliefs, gay marriage would not be on the fast track to being nationally recognized, divorce would be difficult, and we would not be worrying about what sort of justices Obama is going to appoint to the Supreme Court in his second term.