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Catholic Bishops Reject Obama Compromise on Contraception Coverage
Insurance Journal ^ | February 8, 2013 | David Morgan

Posted on 02/08/2013 6:21:34 AM PST by Alex Murphy

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administration’s latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Cardinal Timothy Donlan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his group would redouble efforts to reach an agreement on the contraceptives issue after more than a year of protest and scores of federal lawsuits from Catholics groups and other social conservatives.

But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only “second-class status” to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship.

“These ministries are integral to our Church and worthy of the same exemption as our Catholic churches,” Donlan said in a statement released by the bishops conference.

“The government would require all employees in our ‘accommodated’ ministries to have the illicit coverage – they may not opt out, nor even opt out for their children,” he said.

His remarks, coming on the heels of rejections from other opponents, including the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, illustrate the scale of resistance facing one of the most controversial provisions of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Catholic Health Association of the United States, the leading church-affiliated healthcare provider, declined to comment on Thursday, saying it was still seeking input from its 2,200 members, including 600 hospitals.

The contraceptives coverage is backed by liberal Catholic groups and women’s rights activists.

The healthcare law already requires secular employers to cover all contraceptives and sterilization methods approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including the “morning after” pill.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
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U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administration’s latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives. Cardinal Timothy Donlan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his group would redouble efforts to reach an agreement on the contraceptives issue after more than a year of protest and scores of federal lawsuits from Catholics groups and other social conservatives....

....the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only “second-class status” to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship. “These ministries are integral to our Church and worthy of the same exemption as our Catholic churches,” Donlan said in a statement released by the bishops conference.

1 posted on 02/08/2013 6:21:45 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I hate to tell Cardinal Dolan, but there is no such thing as reaching an agreement with the king. With Obama, it’s his way or the highway. And I would never trust anything he might promise.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 6:30:18 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Alex Murphy

I hate to tell Cardinal Dolan, but there is no such thing as reaching an agreement with the king. With Obama, it’s his way or the highway. And I would never trust anything he might promise.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 6:31:13 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Alex Murphy
Mr. Morgan, how can you not know the name of the Archbishop of New York?

I would put so much more credence in this article if the "journalist" had bothered to check his facts.

4 posted on 02/08/2013 6:33:34 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

What they miss in ignorance, reporters often make up for with malice. It’s best to try to get to the original source.

Anyway, I hope all Christians and their leaders will stand united against Obama on this issue.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 10:24:00 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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