Though the two things are unrelated, I think it is very good timing that the USCCB's public spokesman in the effort against the contraception mandate is receiving the highest honor the Pope can bestow a cleric on this earth.
"You are the new recruit? All right, you are engaged."
'"I really have no experience..."
"No one has any experience of the battle of Armageddon."
"But I'm really unfit..."
"You are willing, that is enough."
"Now, really, I know of no occupation for which mere willingness is the final test."
"I do. Martyrs. I am sending you to your death. Good day."'--G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday