It’s been a rough few months for relations between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church. The contraceptive mandate has taken already strained relations to new depths, as Catholic leaders have openly lamented the government’s demand that they violate conscience to fall in line with new health care regulations. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, Cardinal Timothy Dolan held little back.

Dolan, who met with Obama back in Nov. 2011, claims that the president promised to respect the Catholic Church’s right to conscience. Following this conversation, the archbishop of New York claims that he and other leaders were dumbfounded to find out that the mandate would still stand.

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