The USCCB (The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) does not mince their words, make flippant remarks, nor do they often outright deny the truth of statements a high ranking political figure unequivocally stated as fact a few hours after the “facts” were spoken.
The Catholic Bishops have been very clear that there is indeed a distinct disagreement with the us gov. regarding the proposed sterilization and contraception laws (to the tune of 43 lawsuits filed by various groups), though the VP would have you think otherwise. The Bishops even tweeted their thoughts.
Here is a quote directly from the Bishops statement (emphasis mine):
“Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.“
When 43 separate Catholic Hospitals, Schools, and Churches sue you, they don’t agree with you. If you disagree with the Catholic Church’s position, just say it. Disagreement is fine. Heck, you wouldn’t be the first to disagree with the Catholic Church. Not by a long shot. However, not acknowledging a disagreement when there is clearly one present makes it hard to move forward.