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Bishops Plan Aggressive Expansion of Birth-Control Battle


Catholic bishops, energized by a battle over contraception funding, are planning an aggressive campaign to rally Americans against a long list of government measures which they say intrude on religious liberty.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to work with other religious groups, including evangelical Christians, on an election-year public relations campaign that may include TV and radio ads, social media marketing and a push for pastors and priests to raise the subject from the pulpit.

“We want to make it something that will get peoples’ attention,” said Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn.

The bishops spent the past few weeks pressing President Barack Obama to exempt religious employers from a federal mandate that all health insurance plans offer free birth control.

Obama agreed to modify the mandate a bit, so that religious employers wouldn’t have to pay for contraceptive coverage directly. That satisfied some Catholic groups, but the bishops were not mollified. They want the mandate repealed altogether.

And now, they are aiming higher still, lobbying Congress to enact a law that would let any employer opt out of covering any medical treatment he disagreed with as a matter of his personal faith.

So, for instance, a pizzeria owner who objected to childhood vaccinations on religious grounds would be able to request an insurance plan that did not cover them, in effect overriding a federal requirement that vaccinations be provided free with any health-insurance plan.

Leaving coverage decisions up to each employers’ conscience might create chaos in the marketplace, “but chaos is sometimes the price you pay for freedom,” said Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, who is backing the bishops whole-heartedly.

Democrats, who control the Senate, are likely to block any bill with such broad opt-out provisions.

But supporters, including prominent Republicans, say they will keep pushing for the change, which fits into a wider theme of defending individual freedoms against government intrusion which is expected to play prominently in the November election. [More]





  1. Janice Brown says:

    We have lived thru sad times in our Church but I think of a Black hymn, “It’s Friday and Sunday’s acomming” and it is. Never in my 86 years of being a Catholic, have I seen 100% of the Bishops agreeing. Wake up Church, that is a Miracle, a pure and simple miracle. Our prayers and Rosaries for our Church and Bishops have been answered. Keep it up, we may see Him in the sky sooner than we expected.

  2. Cecilia says:

    The Bishops have brought this upon themselves. As a pre-Vatican Council Catholic, I have watched as post Vatican Catholics have lost their way because of the “silence of the clergy on matters of faith and morals” in support of bowing at the altar of “social justice”. If so-called “social justice” doesn’t begin in the womb, at what stage of life does it apply?We have lost at least 2 generations of Catholics and it’s time the Bishops cut their losses, excommunicate them, and start preaching and teaching like the apostles. I’m so sick of hearing your conscience has to be your guide when the correct statement is “an informed conscience” has to be your guide.

    • michael says:

      cutting one’s losses? There is enough sin in all of us to go around. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not looking at pre and post Vatican Council, He is looking into the depths of our hearts. We are the church of Laodicea, lukewarm and ready to vomited out of his mouth.

  3. michael says:

    Wrong battle. The ‘love of money is root of all evil’. If Catholic Bishops really want to confront moral evil and religious intolerance in the U.S. then they need to preach and inform Catholics about the impossibility of serving both God and mammon.

    Every moral issue that robs Catholics of true spiritual freedom and holiness including contraception and abortion are caused by the ‘love of money’.

  4. Lucia says:

    Pray, pray and pray daily rosary, is the request of Blessed Mother since 1917 in Fatima Portugal.

  5. Tom Owens says:

    Dear Carl on the top of the page. You make an excellent point, one worthy of an intelligent catholic. If I were you, I would hightail it because you seem to be surrounded by statements that simply defy logic, it just seems to me that when you combine catholic with Republician, you end up simply being bazaar, and I, for one will run as far as I can, not to even witness it…Good Luck America!

    • dennis weber says:

      no good catholic can ever belong to a party that supports the murder of babies…

    • John says:

      I don’t think you or Carl are as educated as you may think. The teaching on contraception has much deeper implications than you understand. It is related to the very purpose of our being. You and your type crucify those who are faithful to Peter’s teachings and therefore Christ’s teaching.I am not afraid of such suffering. For me there will be resurrection, for you and the rest of the Judas’s like you, no hope. Unless you repent you will die in the superficiality of your sins.

  6. Steve says:

    Ultimately, this would have the effect of advancing the religious liberty of the company owner while restricting the religious freedom of employees. A worker’s healthcare would be subject to the religious bent of the employer. What if an employer believes only in faith healing and thinks all surgery is immoral? Those with money and power would have more freedom than those without. Anyone who thinks this is good for religion is simply not thinking at all.

    • AMERICAN says:

      he big question is why is thiiis one issue of birth control/conterception is SOOOOOOOOOO important to the illegal in the white house that he keeps his stubborn persistance why this issue?? what does he have behind the scenes- is it to take apart the catholic/christian church;s now so in 2014 the dhimmiiintude part of the health care bill page 107 of the health care bill -so that he can then have a free road to push muslimism aand sharia law thaat he haas qwritten into this health cre bill- & insist we all have to become muslim — or be hit with heavy taxation penalty and or death of we do not convert- getting rid of our christianity .catholicism is the first step. all we christians and catholics must united together to fight and defeat his hhs bill -it is the matter of urgency this country has not yet een. we are in a relious war- which is what this illegal muslim in the white house has said all along.

    • Eileen says:

      Steve: Similarly, people of faith risk the loss of access to healthcare, thanks to the Dictator-in-Chief, if they refuse to pay for (cancer-causing) abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations. Obamacare is a monstrosity that Congress never should have passed. The American people were bitterly opposed to it, but it was jammed down our throats. Just wait, Steve. Today’s its the Catholics who lose their first amendment rights. Tomorrow, it will be you.

  7. bob says:

    1. Does this mean the Bishops will support Quakers who do not want to pay that part of taxes that goes for war?2. Who will decide if it is a religious belief and not just a scam to lower business cost. 3.Can mon believers get lower property taxes because they don’t want to support relious groups. 4. Too bad the Bishops were not more concerned with the child abuse scandal.

    • Parsus says:

      Gee Bob, how about nobody goes around FORCING people to violate their religion as per the FIRST FREAKING AMENDMENT?

      What do you think it’s there for, genius?

      You think we can in any way call ourselves FREE when the Government is putting a gun in people’s ribs making them do things they would rather die than do in violation of their conscience? Is that the kind of State in which you want to live?

      We somehow made it JUST FINE as a Nation without having to do this but now you’re acting like it’s the end of civilization if the Government doesn’t get its way here.

      Let people pay for their own damned condoms and abortions like they always have!

    • MaggieMcC says:

      Just ignore bob. He spends his life going from one Catholic forum to another trying to ignite an argument. A poor life.

  8. Marie says:

    I applaud the Bishops for uniting behind this critical issue despite what the polls say about the opinions of Catholic lay people. The truth is the truth no matter how many or how few believe it. Stand firm and may St. Thomas More give you the courage you need to fight for the right.

  9. Greg says:

    I am with you – God Bless you in your efforts.

  10. Carl says:

    I wonder what “Mary Evans” or anyone could mean by the phrase “educate”, set off as it is in her text, to suggest …what? Threats and violence? Camps? Obviously, we Catholics are aware of the teaching on contraception — but most Catholic families (and many others) have not accepted this teaching. What would “educate” mean in this context?

    • DJR says:

      It’s very easy.

      What “educate” means is that it is time for the bishops to call a spade a spade, and to do it publicly.

      Catholics who reject the teaching of the Catholic Church are not Catholic, by any stretch of the imagination, and should be excommunicated. It would make the Church smaller, but so be it.

      If you reject Catholic teaching, you don’t get to call yourself Catholic any more than you could call yourself Jewish but believe that Muhammad is God’s true prophet.

      It’s just that simple.

      Contraception is contrary to the law of God because God has said so (it is contained in Sacred Scripture), and the Catholic Church is the organization that He established to confirm that truth.

  11. JoeCee says:

    The bishops are getting over their head because of the appearance of a religious right agenda aimed at Obama. Folks see through the broader bogus religious liberties agenda.

  12. richard says:

    This is very good.

  13. MaryEvans says:

    Dear Bishops,
    I believe it is time to “educate” the Catholics who believe that contraceptives are permissible in todays world. They never heard this from the pulpit and now look what is resulting? Look at the catholic associations in favor of the Obama accommodation, I think we catholics have accommodated our whole faith to today’s morality and little has been taught to keep that from happening! Too bad.


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