L’Eglise, C’est Moi

So Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, went on Fox News yesterday to complain that the MSM wasn’t sufficiently excited about the lawsuit his and other dioceses (and a smattering of educational institutions like Notre Dame) launched last week against the federal government to seek a total exemption from the contraception coverage mandate on First Amendment grounds.

What he was really complaining about, of course, is that the non-conservative-ideological media isn’t reporting the conflict between the Bishops and the Obama administration as an epic conflict between the totalitarian state and the poor pathetic church-of-the-catacombs, just trying to practice its faith without bothering anyone. Fights over health insurance regulations for employers, which is the other way to interpret it, don’t tend to command gigantic coverage.

But the really interesting thing about Wuerl’s appearance was this:

Asked about speculation that the suits were just a vehicle for conservative members of the church to go after President Obama — considering dozens of dioceses did not join the suit — Wuerl said the Catholic community is unified.

“I have yet to see among the bishops any split at all,” he said.

Seems to Wuerl the Church isn’t the whole community of the faithful, much less the Mystical Body of Christ, but the Bishops. That explains a lot.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.