Forty-three Roman Catholic dioceses and organizations have filed religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government in a challenge to the Obama administration's mandate that all insurance policies include contraceptive coverage.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York hailed the action. He called it "a compelling display of the unity of the church in defense of religious liberty." Dolan has said that President Obama lied to him when the president promised his national health care law would not contain provisions -- like contraception and abortion -- that go against Catholic doctrines.
Dolan said, "We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with Congress -- and we'll keep at it -- but there's still no fix."
Nor will there be in this most far-left ideological administration.
The suit may quickly become moot if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare next month, but the Catholic leadership may have dealt another blow to the president's reelection prospects.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: May 23, 2012