May 25, 2012

In his May 24 op-ed column, “A Catholic spring?,” E.J. Dionne Jr. suggested that there is an internal revolt against the “right-wing” Catholic bishops for their lawsuit against the Obama administration. He wrote, “The vast majority of the nation’s 195 dioceses did not go to court.”

There are many possible strategic and tactical reasons for that, from financial to legal. Mr. Dionne, however, knows it is because of their political opposition to those “right-wing” bishops. His proof? He cites the words of one bishop. Even more telling, in a lengthy quotation, his one bishop expresses concern over, not opposition to, the legal challenge.

According to a list compiled by CatholicVote.org, every Catholic bishop in the United States — “right-wing,” “left-wing” and everything-in-between-wing — is on the record opposing this mandate as an assault on religious freedom. Every single one.  

L. Brent Bozell III, Alexandria

The writer is president of the Media Research Center.