The “religious freedom” line of argument employed by the Catholic bishops against the government’s recent intrusions into their affairs fails on many levels. Besides squandering a good teaching opportunity by making it about ourselves and our convictions instead of actually explaining and defending those convictions, there’s the obvious problem that it’s not clear whose vision of “religious freedom” they’re talking about. They obviously don’t mean it in the Dignitatis Humanae sense, which mostly outlines a narrow duty of religious toleration on the part of Catholics toward others in service to the common good, so they must mean it in something like the overly-broad-reading-of-the-First-Amendment sense. What an error in judgment! Now they are tied to the mast of a Constitution which, if it ever meant anything, is constantly being redefined and reinvented to the Church’s detriment. The longer they take to abandon that sinking ship, the more unprincipled and opportunistic they will look when they do so.