There are 195 bishops in the United States. At the time of writing this, 101 of them have spoken out against the new HHS mandate, which requires that sterilization and contraception, including controversial abortifacients, be among the “preventive services” coverage in almost every healthcare plan available to Americans, including health plans offered by religious organizations.
In short: this requires Catholic organizations to violate basic tenets of their faith or shut down.
Rather than writing a post about this, I thought I’d link to one that sums it up quite nicely. Please—Catholic or not— spread the word and sign the petition.
This injustice is not something that need solely concern the Catholic Church — if the federal government can force Catholics to act against their consciences, they can force anyone to act against their conscience, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Atheist, and by the same pitiful reasoning.