Joe Feuerherd had an interesting piece in the Sunday Washington Post. What he describes is the effect of a small number of bishops applying pressure *way* beyond their mandate. He starts out thusly:
Like most Maryland Democrats, I voted for Sen. Barack Obama in the recent Potomac Primary. By doing so, according to the leaders of my church, I put my soul at risk. That's right, says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- tap the touch screen for a pro-abortion-rights candidate, and you're probably punching your ticket to Hell.
Its a good article. Read the whole thing.