The U.S. bishops pushed unemployment benefits extension, from which they're exempt

Sometimes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops can be, well ... perplexing.  According to a Feb. 14 post at the website of The Washington Times: While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has attacked President Obama's new mandate that religious institutions pay for their workers' contraception, the group also has pushed more quietly for a Democratic proposal to extend the unemployment insurance benefits. The Rev. Stephen E. Blaire, chairman of the bishop's Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee, has told lawmakers that extending an expiring unemployment benefits package for the long-term jobless is 'a moral obligation to help protect the life and dignity of unemployed workers and their families.' As orthodox Catholic author Steve Kellmeyer points out: Alright, this is just absurd. On the one hand, the USCCB is attacking Obama for forcing them (the bishops) to pay for contraception. On the other hand, the USCCB is pushing forward the idea that...(Read Full Post)