The good news is, the Cardinal released a nastygram criticizing 'the Administration' for casting aside the First Amendment, denying Catholics fundamental freedom, etc.
He goes on to say, we cannot simply accept the 'unjust law now proposed at the federal level' and he encourages Catholic lay people to stand up and fight. He asks for prayer and fasting and recommends people get behind the lobbying efforts at the USCCB.
This very positive development is slightly mitigated by a the revelation of the surrender. On the one hand, they say they cannot just accept this mandate. On the other hand, they say they are preparing to. It's a bit anticlimatic.
There's a third option which appears to have been taken off the table: Saying they will not comply with the law - because they cannot comply with the law. Complying with the law is actually more than a violation of conscience protections, it is forcing the sin of omission upon the Bishop.
Let's see if we can expose the ethical problem with a little parable.
The White House is saying everyone has to provide their employees with free crack pipes. Preparations are underway to either violate their consciences and give out the free crack pipes or outsource giving their employees free crack pipes to a vendor.
The bishop actually doesn't get to wash his hands of accountability on the commission of outsourcing the free crack pipes to their employees.
There's a show down coming gentlemen. You can't do it. What you need to prepare for is jail and you have the duty to tell the man ahead of time, so he knows what he has on his hands and he can make his decisions accordingly.