Indeed, by forcing the bishops to a response – any response in conscience, even if it falls short – Obama has set back the work of dissident theologians in the Catholic Church by decades. After all, the aging Humanae Vitae dissidents for years have been anticipating a “change in Church teaching” soon. But “soon” has given way to “much later” – and maybe it’s sinking in: never.
What the sophisticates in the Church have ignored or deliberately suppressed for decades has been resuscitated by Obamacare for all to see. On the Day of Judgment, it will be impossible for anyone except an illiterate few to claim a lack of knowledge of basic Church teaching opposing contraception. Who would have thought that President Obama would be a key player in this aspect of the New Evangelization?