Then the Supreme Court sent the case back down for argument on the merits. But once again, last month, the 10th Circuit ruled against the nuns. On what grounds? No one questioned the sincerity of their faith. The court did not even address whether the government had an extremely good reason to force the Little Sisters to provide access to the contraceptives and abortifacients (it doesn't), or whether there were any other ways to deliver those things to the Sisters' employees who actually want them (there are). The judges instead said that the nuns would not truly violate any tenets of their faith by signing off on the contraceptive mandate. That bears repeating: Federal judges ruled that the Little Sisters would not be sinning if they complied with the mandate. In essence, the judges claimed that their interpretation of Catholic moral teaching was better than that of the nuns. In doing so, they attacked an element of Catholic theology strongly supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, well-established Catholic teaching and numerous other authorities within the church.