The Administrative Committee of the USCCB, at the close of a two day meeting yesterday, issued a statement on the much-debated subject of HHS mandates and how those mandates are applied to religiously affiliated institutions.
The good news is that there was no extended metaphor about a ham sandwich. I do not say in this jest, although you are permitted to chuckle. The most relevant point of comparison for the statement issued yesterday is with the congressional testimony of Bishop Lori on this subject in the past few weeks. Certainly, the statement issued yesterday is an improvement, although it still has too much political and legal analysis and too little theology for my taste. And, its promise of continued negotiation with the White House, the lack of harsh “war on Catholicism” rhetoric, is all to the good.