Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule
February 15th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
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Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule

Washington (CNN) - America’s Catholic bishops have criticized the White House’s mandate for insurers to provide free contraception coverage to employees, but plenty of other Catholic groups have endorsed the plan – some taking swipes at the bishops in the process.

“The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. AngryBob

    There is no good reason as to why the government should have to pander to the Catholic church on this or any other matter. The Bishops and Cardinals lost their moral authority when they chose to harbor and protect child molesters within their ranks. Screw them and their petty concerns! There is nothing in the legislation that requires anyone to take birth control. Maybe they should just try getting their "flock" to obey their rules instead of forcing government to have to cater to them. The fact that most Catholic women of child bearing age practice contraception speaks volumes about their "moral authority" on this issue. Nevertheless, President Obama has shown true statesmanship and diplomacy in his compromise. I applaud him for that. It's not what I would do, but I'm not the President.

    February 15, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The catholic church should flog their bishops.

    February 15, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Mama Judy

    The Lord would not have given us the brains to figure out contraceptives if he was against it. I think he would be more upset that people are not treated equally here in America. How many families do you see with 8-15 kids...if it was that way with the decline in social programs...we would have a lot of abused, starving children; and our churches and their programs would be broke..... I am a strong catholic and I KNOW most in the church do not follow this practice (of no birth control) they may say they do but DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHATS IN THEIR BEDROOM? Get a reality grip!

    February 15, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Dr Knowitall

    So now the liberals want to control the Catholic church.
    I belong to a catholic church and have never met a Republican bishop or preist for that matter.

    February 15, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. andy

    Of course catholic bishops are against contraception, they need a steady flow of small boys to molest.

    February 15, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. diridi

    Is this a drama that Catholics playing at the expense of our laws? If they do not want let them not buy it. what a nasty drama by republican idiots. Shame on the party itself. This is a sheer drama. Hardy people in there with pink caps. nasty idiots need to stop. O.K. Law is passed with good intent, in "Good-Faith". I am glad it is passed. Nation needs this health care law very desperately.

    February 15, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. andy

    The catholic church needs money for more important things, like paying billion of dollars in child molestation settlements.

    February 15, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. andy

    make those brainwashing thugs pay taxes too, they could probably cover the entire national debt. They are all Vatican's mafia.

    February 15, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Larry L

    I'm astounded that birth control is an issue in 2012. Most women use birth control at some time in their lives and ostensibly, Catholic Bishops don't have a need for birth control. They need to turn their anger toward those many members of the clergy who abused children and simply got shuffled around to cover their tracks. This church has been left behind by the modern world due to the central control from old men in Rome. I'd advise Catholic women to rethink their relationship to the church.

    February 15, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    If the Catholic church is lobbying on this then it should lose its tax exemption.

    February 15, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. ARALE NORIMAKI

    If Church wants to engage in politics they should lose the tax exemption they now enjoy.
    The whole concept of "churches being tax exempt" is ridiculous, they're
    money making organizations and should be taxed as such

    February 15, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. diridi

    Tell these monks of the church with pink caps, every one us using nowadays...o.k, I bet even they use all types...

    February 15, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last Sunday no one talk about White House’s contraception rule. Really we don’t care

    Republicans and FOX created this mess many of us understand that

    February 15, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. F-Gingrich

    Until they properly address the issue of diddling altar boys, I don't see how anyone can deal honestly with these Monks.

    February 15, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. EDC

    The catholic church and all monotheistic religions have always been about controlling women.

    February 15, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. md33

    Liberal Catholics? They must be from the extreme left and not mainstream. CNN has to do this to help obama win the Catholic vote. Remember contraception is a sin for all Catholics.

    February 15, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Since everyone knows a majority of Catholics favor and use birth control, favor choice, favor equal rights for gays, and the ordination of women as priests, it seems the bishops are preaching to an ever-decreasing crowd that listens and obeys. That along with the molestation and the constant moral interference is what is driving more and more people away.....me included. Although I do find the catholic clergy to be more mainstream than the evangelical, fire and brimstone fantatics that scream in the mega-churches to the born again

    February 15, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Jean2

    Why are the Bishops in carage of all of our befiefs. I am for searation of Church and state, now that is consitutional;

    February 15, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Jilli

    The archaic view of the bishops on contraception is totally irrelevant in people's every day lives – it's ridiculous to maintain such a staunch position on contraception – particularly since the vast majority of Catholics ignore it.

    February 15, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Dave

    Thank you for standing up for what is the responsible position.

    February 15, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    In 2010, the Catholic church received $2.9 BILLION in federal dollars, which is 62% of their revenue. And since the church pays no taxes, they get to keep every cent of their "revenue". Where is the public outcry demanding that these funds have not been used to pay sexual abuse lawsuit settlements?

    Most taxpayers are not Catholic, and yet we are subsidizing this church.

    98% of Catholic women have used a form of contraception other than natural family planning in their lives.

    The bottom line for me is if the Catholic church receives federal funds, they should abide by federal laws. PERIOD.

    February 15, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @AngryBob: "The fact that most Catholic women of child bearing age practice contraception speaks volumes about their "moral authority" on this issue."

    Actually, 98% of Catholic women of child bearing age have used contraception. I would change "most" to "virtually all."

    February 15, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. fernace

    I applaud the true Catholic stance of "giving unto Ceasar"! 1st uphold the laws of the land & then uphold the laws of your personal religion! There has been an unprecedented attack of womens healthcare, by the conservative, "christian" right, & women, the men in our lives, are just about fed up! Now the Catholic Church has a compromise every1 is willing to sign off on, but they aren't finished trying to subjugate women, while dispensing Viagara! When will womens healthcare have equal importance to mens!?

    February 15, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Anthony... proud tax payer

    CONTRACEPTIVES are going to get you a JOB how, unemployed America?

    GAYS being able/unable to get married is going to get you a JOB how, unemployed America?

    A woman's right to CHOOSE is going to get you a JOB how, unemployed America?

    Well in 2010, some of you elected Republicans to Congress on the platform of JOBS JOBS JOBS.
    All they've done since then?
    Complain about SOCIAL issues, and obstruct any type of solutions the President has had to help fix the country.

    JOBS? Instead of you people complaining about every single thing the President does(to try and help you),
    why dont you start directing your anger at the folks who straight up lied to you to get elected, and have done more harm then good in the 2 years they've had a JOB (with health benefits your tax money pays for, i might add)

    Voting for Republicans is like repeatedly punching yourself in the groin.
    Yet I'm still patting myself on the back for my Obama vote in '08.

    Let's just vote tomorrow.. why waste time when we already know who will STILL be President in 2012.

    February 15, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Jean2

    What happened to the separation of Church and State?? Americans are not all members of the Catholic church.

    February 15, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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