Because it appears that we know what would happen if Nixon became Pope ... or if a whole "College of Nixons" ran the Clergy:
Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.
This, of course, is after several years of American Church authorities not acting on the case.
And these are the folks that dictate ... and sadly, have the political muscle ... over reproductive rights in major health care legislation because of their "moral authority".
[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]