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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:47 PM

Catholic bishops reject Obama offer on contraceptive coverage

Source: Reuters

Catholic bishops reject Obama offer on contraceptive coverage

By David Morgan
WASHINGTON | Thu Feb 7, 2013 7:03pm EST

(Reuters) - 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.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/08/us-usa-healthcare-bishops-idUSBRE91613820130208

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Eugene Feb 2013 OP
wryter2000 Feb 2013 #1
Drale Feb 2013 #2
okwmember Feb 2013 #7
rug Feb 2013 #3
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #4
defacto7 Feb 2013 #5
Dawson Leery Feb 2013 #6
cbayer Feb 2013 #8

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:48 PM

1. Why does this not surprise me? n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:49 PM

2. Well he tried

Nows the time to give them the finger and tell them to fuck off

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Response to Drale (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:52 PM

7. +1

I have a very good friend with Turner's syndrome who has the misfortune of being a nurse at a Catholic hospital. Needless to say she's always had to pay for her birth control pills out of pocket.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:51 PM

3. A critique:

“Throughout the past year,” Cardinal Dolan writes in the concluding paragraph, “we have been assured by the administration that we will not have to refer, pay for, or negotiate for the mandated coverage. We remain eager for the Administration to fulfill that pledge.” As the bishops continue to study HHS’s new proposals, I hope they come to realize that the Obama administration has done just that.


http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=23108

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:52 PM

4. They want all private, for profit, businesses

to be able to refuse on "conscience". I wonder what the religion/conscience of the corporation person is?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:09 PM

5. What they want is clear....

They don't give a rat's ass for freedom to choose anything or not....

They want ALL people to live to THEIR standards of religious dogma. Period.

If their political positions were given to them on a golden platter, they would still turn it down because they want what they want. It's an absolutist religious thing.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:33 PM

6. We will not be subverted by Rome.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:55 PM

8. Shocked, lol!

I guess they are intent on spending a lot of money on lawyers. I hope the Obama administration stands its ground at this point.

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