Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Bishops And Politics

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has written an opinion piece on the topic of the Stupak amendment and the Catholic bishops for the Politico. It begins:

The Roman Catholic bishops need more time. That is the recent word from Sen. Ben Nelson — news reports noted that before he introduces his amendment to restrict women's access to coverage under health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops needs more time to review it.

All this sounds very odd to me. More like Iran with its Supreme Leader than the United States. Do the bishops have extra votes or some sort of a license to screen laws before they are debated? I guess so. That all those bishops are men makes it sound even odder.