I agree, but I will say that for the majority of Americans, even many Catholics, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement carries as much weight and believability as an Iranian press release about missile capability. - which is to say none!
I was also very disappointed by the Gov of Tennessee's new policy on 'gateway sexual activity' which seems to ban hugging and kissing. I guess he thinks the governor's office is more powerful than the raging hormones of thousands of teenage boys and girls. NOT!
Charlie, beats me how these guys can have any weight to throw around--I mean, as you say, does anyone find them credible?--but, evidently (and not for the first time), the Girl Scouts will be subjected to an "investigation," and let's not forget the brouhaha they raised about contraceptives being part of insurance plans afforded employees of ostensibly Catholic organizations, completely ignoring the reality that most of those organizations (universities and hospitals) had been offering contraceptives as a matter of course for years.
These white, festooned old men must be the last Catholics in the world who believe that Catholic women do not observe the No Contraceptive ban.
As for the distinguished governor of Tennessee--where is all this willful ignorance coming from? Dismissing bald-faced reality as just so much unproven speculation--I get a visual of people with their fingers in their ears, singing "LA LA LA LA " so they don't hear what's being said.
Who ARE these deliberate buffoons appealing to?
Sheesh. 2nd paragraph should read exactly the opposite: "...in the world who believe that Catholic women OBSERVE the No Contraceptive ban."
Operator error. Sorry.