Baptist Leader Admires Catholic Stance vs Contraceptive Coverage

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Prominent Southern Baptist leader and seminary president Al Mohler applauded Catholic bishops’ opposition to the Obama administration’s requirement that even religious employers cover contraceptives, despite theological concerns over some treatments.

Mohler called the requirements an attack on religious liberty and “not only a Catholic issue” on his radio program Tuesday morning, the Associated Baptist Press reported.

The Catholic Church does not support birth control to prevent pregnancy and has particular concerns over emergency contraception, shared by Mohler and other socially conservative Christians.

For Catholics, especially those who identify as pro-life and actively follow such issues, the requirement that their institutions pay for and enable others to use treatments they oppose is outrageous. To them, this seems like a government mandate to violate religious conscience.

As Get Religion has pointed out, Catholics have not been silent: Pope Benedict called it a “grave threat” to religious liberty, and more than half of U.S. bishops have brought up their concerns about the coverage requirements or addressed the issue in church bulletins. [More]