There is a certain poignancy to this story.
It seems Cardinal Dolan and his staff got schooled in what Catholicism actually teaches by Barack Hussein Obama, and his Muslim friends in the White House.
The poor Catholic sods apparently didn't understand Catholicism very well, so Barack put his grade school Catholic education to good use and explained to the bishop and his staff what it all meant.
Now Thomas Peters is all outraged and stuff at Barry's incredible hubris.
But, I think, in deference to the bishops and their endless charity, we should put the Christian charity of the doubt on this whole story.
I mean, look at it from Barry's point of view.
And, in case you don't understand Barry's attitude towards the bishops, we'll bring in expert analysis to explain it:
The bishops supported ObamaCare.
They pushed it and pushed it and pushed it.
And after they helped Barry push it through, they were suddenly shocked, SHOCKED to find that Barry was going to throw them under the bus, make them look like fools in front of the Pope.
And to a certain extent, isn't this what the whole loud row is about? After all, have you ever heard any priest, any bishop, anywhere teach that contraception was a mortal sin until now? Really?
Have they preached on the evils of sterilization, protested the distribution of condoms? Spoken out against any of the contraceptive eugenics attitudes that were slowly destroying the fabric of American society? Of course not.
So why such a sudden change of heart?
Let's put it this way: what are the chances any American cardinal has towards the Papacy if such a mandate goes uncontested?
When RvW came out, the Catholic bishops protested only legal abortion and said not a word about the contraceptive mentality that spawned RvW. Now that contraceptives are being mandated, they protest that, but continue to promote the eugenic socialist philosophy that spawned the contraceptives.
And now, here they were, trying to work with him, but he pulled the rug out from under them. What a shock, huh?
How good a good ex-socialist, ex-Muslim, ex-Alinskyite do such a thing to such nice guys?
It's a poser, no doubt about it.
I mean, I still have not figured out how they ended up on the raw end of such an otherwise perfect deal, and I'm really, really smart and all, so I just cannot imagine how thoroughly non-plussed the bishops must have been when it all fell apart around them.
After all, who could have guessed that the only man in public office who had publicly promoted legalized infanticide would mis-treat a Catholic bishop?
You can see how anyone would have been blind-sided.
That's why, even after Barry shows a preferential option for skinning the fleece right off the sheep, and stomping on the little lambs to boot (pardon the pun), the bishops still went ahead and helped him accomplish a few other of his pet projects.
I guess they figured that if they just kept helping Barry rape the nation, B. Hussein would throw them some scraps. Which, heaven knows, is a perfectly reasonable position to take.
So, imagine the scene from Barry's point of view. Here they come, the bishop and all his staff waddling into the White House. If you're inside Barry's head, you can almost hear him chuckling and see him shaking his head as they trundle up, faces all aglow, looking for the handout they thought they had earned.
It must have been comically sad for him, to watch the poor little Catholic tykes sniffing around his shoes, hoping he would throw them a scrap or two.
But, never fear! Like Jesus, B. Hussein patiently sat down and explained to them that it is not right to feed the dogs with the food that belongs to the children... well, the voters.... well, Barry's supporters. You know.
Groups like Big Pharma, who supported ObamaCare and will make out like bandits now that they are a line-item in the national budget. Or Planned Parenthood and the eugenics, environmental green crowd, upon whom Barry has already spent billions and intends to spend billions more.
Or even the poor American Muslims, who find it so difficult to pay zakat.
Drugs, environmentalism, Islam: these are the religions that really matter.
And Barry has to explain that to the poor foolish bishop and his imbecilic staff.
In short, he has to preach Alinsky's Gospel to them.
So, to speak in Christian charity, I'm sure they never saw things from his point of view until just then. Assuming they even did so then.
You can't blame a rattlesnake for being a rattlesnake.
You can only look in wonderment at the children who keep running back to play with it.