It is a small group of Catholics going to court against the President’s policy of requiring birth control in Catholic health insurance. The vast majority of Catholic Bishops, Dioceses, colleges and universities and members are not participating.
There are 194 dioceses but only about a dozen have chosen to join the lawsuit. Just a few of the 200 Catholic colleges and universities have signed on.
To an outsider, the lawsuits appear a risky gamble to retain moral standing for Catholic clergy after the sex scandals. The new scandal of Vatican cover up of financial corruption make the stakes even higher.
The Catholic concept that only certain human beings have been designated to understand the spiritual realm is one that must have made sense in Europe a thousand years ago, but does not fit the American experience. Europe, steeped in Kings, Queens and Dictators holding hands with clergy, might have been the ideological setting for the only-they-talk-to god political concept there. The U. S., so it seems to me, was founded on the idea the common man has some rights and ability to figure this stuff out for himself.
The Catholic heirarchy has doubled down its bets to retain authority. It does not want to open government in the Vatican, reveal its corruption, yield equal status to women or conform to the policies of its funding entity.
Maybe it’s headed for a comeuppance.