Massachusetts Cardinal Pushes for Contraception Solution

February 20, 2012

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is continuing to push to resolve a dispute between the Obama administration and the Catholic church about covering contraception in health care plans.

In a blog post Friday, O’Malley said the question is whether Catholic institutions will be forced to provide coverage for morally objectionable services through their health plans.

O’Malley said he hopes the crisis clarifies religious freedom, which he called the “bedrock of our democracy.”

The Obama administration has said employees of religious-affiliated institutions must be guaranteed reproductive health coverage, including contraception.

Catholic bishops say they shouldn’t be forced to pay for contraception, which the church opposes.

Obama modified the rule to shift the contraceptives’ costs from religious organizations to their insurance plans. But the bishops said that still forces them to subsidize something they consider immoral.

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  • February 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    thebiggerlebowski says:
    Kurt said: "Remember back in the 70′s when the Church argued (seriously) that they should be allowed to pay women less than men because the bible says so… " Do you just ma... read more
  • February 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    thebiggerlebowski says:
    You attack that which you do not understand. I fear there is not the least hope of anyone of the liberal left persuasion even making the attempt to understand the basis of the... read more
  • February 23, 2012 at 8:58 am
    reality bites says:
    There are no "bad" Catholics; the term is "lapsed" Catholics. The rest are "modern", just like with Judaism where there are "conservative", "reform", and a whole bunch of othe... read more
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