Distancing and Dissing?
For those who missed last evening’s PBS “Newshour,” Mark Shields was typically forthright in commenting upon the HHS decision:
what President Obama has done with this policy, and Secretary Sebelius, quite bluntly, is they have taken those Catholics who took a risk to support them, Father John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, and Sister Carol Keehan, who is the president of the Catholic Health Association, and Father Larry Snyder, who is president of Catholic Charities, who have taken on orthodox, more conservative groups within their own Catholic Church to support the president, especially his efforts on the poor, and he has left them out to dry.
And he concluded:
I’m just saying that this appears to be distancing, if not dissing Catholics.
The full exchange is here (towards the end of the transcript).