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Bishops ‘dubious’ on White House contraception compromise


The nation’s Catholic bishops have again voiced doubts about the Obama administration’s plans to modify a mandate for employers to provide free birth control coverage, vowing to press a new campaign to rally Americans to defend religious freedom.

Despite their skepticism, a statement issued Wednesday (March 14) by leading bishops at the end of a closed-door meeting in Washington was notable for lacking the “war on religion” rhetoric that has characterized many of the hierarchy’s broadsides against the White House.

While the bishops called the proposal unveiled by President Obama on Feb. 10 “an unspecified and dubious future ‘accommodation,’” they also stressed that they are willing to “accept any invitation to dialogue” with the White House.

The Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit at Georgetown University who follows the inner workings of the hierarchy, described the language as “strong and uncompromising” but not “inflammatory.”

“There is no talk of the Obama administration waging a war on religion or being anti-Catholic,” Reese said. “There is no talk of civil disobedience or canceling health insurance for their employees if they do not get their way.”

The White House is currently in talks with an array of religious leaders — many of them Catholic officials from hospitals, universities and social service agencies — on how to structure an acceptable compromise. [More]


The Washington Post



  1. [...] no charge.  The US Catholic Bishops aren’t fooled by this clumsy attempt at misdirection and remain dead-set against the mandate and its phony religious liberty “protections:” The nation’s [...]

  2. Michael Joseph Francisconi says:

    It is the Bishops who are out of line, lets start talking the Catholic rank and file and not the Pope or the Bishops, people with real families

    • Noel says:

      Leave this matter to married people or people who are in relationships( man-woman). This IS NOT for single clerics to be causing mental and emotional turmoil amongst the faithful and other couples of whatever denomination or creed. Perhaps the good bishops might consider and take steps to allow freedom of conscience (religious freedom) within the Catholic Church, without castigating and/or bullying those who disagree with their individual or collective opinions/teaching.

  3. amf says:

    Once again the Bishops cave. “Compromise?” The obama administration said they would not re-visit the issue.
    I ask you where will the Bishops be on March 23rd. at Noon?


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