Catholic Bishops Call for Righteous Defiance Over Obama Mandate

By:  Dave Bohon
02/01/2012
       
Catholic Bishops Call for Righteous Defiance Over Obama Mandate

A battle appears to be brewing between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church over the President’s insistence that religious employers provide free contraception coverage in their insurance plans. As reported January 23 in The New American, the White House announced “that under its 2010 ObamaCare medical legislation employers will be compelled to cover birth control for women free of charge, including controversial contraceptive drugs which can induce abortion early in a woman’s pregnancy. The administration rejected an appeal from religious organizations, led by the Catholic Church, for an exemption on insurance provided to employees of religious institutions such as hospitals, colleges, and charities.”

 

A battle appears to be brewing between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church over the President’s insistence that religious employers provide free contraception coverage in their insurance plans. As reported January 23 in The New American, the White House announced “that under its 2010 ObamaCare medical legislation employers will be compelled to cover birth control for women free of charge, including controversial contraceptive drugs which can induce abortion early in a woman’s pregnancy. The administration rejected an appeal from religious organizations, led by the Catholic Church, for an exemption on insurance provided to employees of religious institutions such as hospitals, colleges, and charities.”

In response, Archbishop (and Cardinal designate) Timothy Dolan (photo) of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, declared that the President was trying to force Catholics to violate clear Church teachings on contraception, sterilization, and even abortion. “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable,” he said in a statement. “It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom.”
 
At least three Catholic bishops have announced that their dioceses will not comply with the Obama “contraception mandate.” One of them, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, suggested that Christians under his jurisdiction might turn to civil disobedience rather than obey the mandate in violation of the teachings of the Church.

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