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The Bishops Respond to Vice President Biden

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All Catholics should read this.

All believers in religious freedom should read it.

For the benefit of the Manhattan-Beltway media elite that doesn’t do anything that might imperil their world view and thus their support of the president, the short version is this: The vice president lied in the debate, and not just about Libya.

Martha Raddatz could have just asked a straightforward question on the HHS regulations and their impact on Catholic hospitals, schools, and not-for-profit social service agencies. After all, tens of millions of Catholics know what is going on, and all of their religious leadership has joined in the condemnation of the president’s attack onthe Roman Catholic Church.

It is an unprecedented news story, and one that is driving a hugely important slice of the electorate in key swing states.

Raddatz didn’t, of course, but Paul Ryan did manage to introduce the subject when Raddatz instead went with the standard “tell us how you feel about abortion” as opposed to a real question about a concrete issue. The Vice President couldn’t help himslef and lied about the HHS regulations in response to Ryan’s answer. The bishops called Biden on it, and thus the issue is clearly framed for Tuesday night.

Will it come up? Will Fast & Furious? Will the president’s promise to all Americans that they could keep their doctors and their health care plans if they liked them?

Wait and see. Candy Crowley is a very good reporter, and these are huge stories, but if she spends the entire evening trying to get to the bottom of the Libyan cover-up, that would be understandable.

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