That Washington Post piece I linked to was edited down (for space, is my understanding) and missed some details that the reporter included in an earlier published version. You can find the piece in full here, which includes:
But some HHS staffers objected to the involvement of the secretary’s office, saying the goal was to exclude the Catholic bishops, individuals familiar with the matter said.
“It was so clearly and blatantly trying to come up with a certain outcome,’’ said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to the media. “That’s very distasteful to people.’’