The archdiocese has had options here. The insurance in question has been in place per a union contract - and such contracts can be negotiated when they expire, which is usually every few years. In addition, if this issue is as fundamentally immoral as Cdl. Dolan is telling us, then the archdiocese is under no obligation, for one cannot be compelled by contract to perform a grave evil. Concern for the covered employees can be addressed by the archdiocese self-insuring, which any Catholic diocese in this country has the resources to do.
The cardinal's official response is lame. In fact, it is shameful. As a friend of mine points out,
According to Mr. Zwilling [Dolan's mouthpiece] the Archdiocese faced the "dilemma" of "choosing between providing health care to employees or violating its sincere religious beliefs". They have chosen evidently to violate their sincere religious beliefs.
His unofficial response is not much better. It amounts to this ...
We willingly compromised in the past. We will be forced to compromise in the future!
Cardinal Dolan, we are with you in this fight. If you take the lead and clean up your own backyard, we're with you all the way. If you don't take the lead, or if you compromise because you're compromised, then we'll move forward without you. But we'd rather not do that.
You are a good man, a good bishop, and a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Don't let us down.