WASHINGTON — Could there possibly be a silver lining in the federal contraception-mandate controversy?
For all the institutional disruption, political spin and vitriol generated by the mandate’s supporters, who have mischaracterized the bishops’ stance as a “war on women,” the crisis has yielded some unexpected fruits. Not only has it aroused the “sleeping giant” of Catholicism in the United States, prompting an energetic defense of the free exercise of cherished institutions, it has provoked a fresh assessment of Church teaching on contraception.
“The main issue remains that of religious liberty. But this whole episode has provided a catechetical opportunity to speak about the...READ MORE