John Gehring, at Faith in Public Life, offers his take on the debate about religious liberty and the HHS decision to not renew a contract with the USCCB for their human trafficking efforts.
I put more of the blame for this mess on the people at HHS, but I agree that everyone needs to take a step back and not engage in heated rhetoric that only enflames the situation. The object here, after all, is to care for the survivors of human trafficking. For starters, the Administration has proved willing to correct errors, as witnessed by the decision to reinstate much of the funding for the Catholic Volunteer Network through Americorps. We call the pope Pontiff because he is called to build bridges, not burn them, and we would all do well to follow his example.