Check out the language of victimhood in this lede:
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops opened a new front in their fight against abortion and same-sex marriage on Monday, recasting their opposition as a struggle for “religious liberty” against a government and a culture that are infringing on the church’s rights.
Same as the fundies. It only appeals to stupid people …
… and those who prey upon them.
No one is forcing the Catholic Church to perform same-sex marriages or counsel parishioners to get abortions. Do they have to adhere to some fair labor and health care standards if they want to provide public services, using government (i.e., public) money? Yes. That doesn't seem like too much to ask, because they aren't being forced to take government (i.e., our) money, either.
Meanwhile, they get a free ride on all taxes, despite their increasing political activism. And when they encounter resistance in seeking their reactionary goals in secular matters, they howl about persecution.
There are lots of good Catholics out there, in every sense of the word. It's long past time for them to get rid of their medieval leadership.