An eager reader notes that the Sioux Falls press hasn't done a very good job of following up on Sioux Falls Diocese Bishop Paul Swain's inconsistency on health care policy and official Church positions.
Bishop Swain criticized Sister Simone Campbell last week for challenging bishops in her advocacy for the Affordable Care Act. Yet in her support for the ACA's Medicaid expansion, she is more in line with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops than Bishop Swain himself, who has resisted calls to put the USCCB's call to expand Medicaid into local action.
Jonathan Ellis noted Swain's awkward, dodging silence on Medicaid expansion last February. But, unless I missed something, in the midst of last week's controversy, as Bishop Swain imposed his patriarchal will but declined to take ownership of his own political and philosophical obligation, that Sioux Falls paper ran only the AP story on Swain's criticism of Campbell, without any mention of Medicaid. Ditto at Sioux Falls's dominant TV station.
I know I don't cover everything in any given news cycle. But does Bishop Swain's resistance to following the diktat of his superiors, even as he publicly whips a nun for allegedly doing the same thing, deserve more coverage from the local press?