After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
April 13th, 2012
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After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.

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  1. Dr. Knowitall

    What a surprise, communisim hates religous freedom.

    April 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. gate

    This is purely political action. They should lose their tax-exempt status immediately.

    April 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Thomas

    This is why the Catholic church is declining , Now you can see why Galileo had a hard time in the age of enlightenment !

    April 13, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    I follow Catholicism my request “starts this campaign in Middle east, Asia if you all have back born”
    Catholicism under attack over there not here

    April 13, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    Women are free to purchase contraception, birth control or pay for an abortion. Employers should have the same freedom to pay or not pay for contraception, birth control or abortion for their employees. Why is it that employers have to pay for this????? This is not about freedom to chose an abortion or use birth control, this is about who will pay for it.
    If employers have to pay for birth control or abortion than the boss should have a saying in a woman's private life and the boss should have accessibility to her private medical records.

    April 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama supports to destroy Catholics.

    April 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Bill, NY

    We need a freedom from religion campaign more than ever. Religion is distorting God's will here on earth.

    April 13, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Someone explain how women receiving contraception coverage for the insurance THEY PAY FOR is somehow infringing on the Catholic Church's ability to say Mass or otherwise worship?

    In the meantime, it's clear that the GOBP's and the religious right's war on women continues.

    April 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    With all the talk about Religious Freedom, I wonder if the Mormans will push for polygamy again.

    April 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Myviewis

    If the Catholic Church as an employer is required to pay for a woman's birth control, contraception, abortion than this employer should also be allowed to counsel the woman and be allowed to voice the church's opinion on birth control and abortion to the woman and require the woman to attend church classes on the matter. If a woman doesn't want to hear or be given an opinion by her employer than the woman should pay her own birth control, abortion.

    April 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Myviewis – If employers have to pay for birth control or abortion than the boss should have a saying in a woman's private life and the boss should have accessibility to her private medical records.
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    I'm guessing your NOT female then. What a joke!

    April 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    @Another Day in the Idiot Mines – You make a good point about women receiving contraception coverage for the insurance they pay for except women are fighting to not have to pay for it. The battle women have is that we want someone else to pay for us, this is what the Feminist groups are protesting about, they want us women to get our birth control and abortion for FREE from our bosses. Get it????? The Catholic Church is an employer and they don't want to pay for their employees birth control or abortion.

    April 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    NOTHING will mollify the Catholic pink hat hierarchy. NOTHING this President does in this regrads that is, except complete and absolute capitulation to them. I am a Catholic, but I'm not a blind follower Catholic. When the Catholic hierarchy refer to the Affordable Care Act on the front page of the Catholic News newspaper as Obamacare they are telling me which side their bread is buttered on. They are politicizing, AGAIN, and as such should lose their tax-exempt status.
    Not all Catholics are Republicans. I'd go as far as to say that most of us are Indies or Dems. The church would do well to remember that as parishioners continue to drop off the rosters in droves.

    April 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Why does the Catholic Church, as an EMPLOYER, seek special rights that other non-religious businesses to not? It is well-settled law in America that "religious rights" do not provide an exception or excuse for not complying with the law. Also, that's a big fat LIE on your part: the Catholic Church is NOT being asked to pay for contraceptive coverage. It's right there in the law ALREADY.

    April 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    If the Catholic Church as an employer is required to pay for a woman's birth control, contraception, abortion than this employer should also be allowed to counsel the woman and be allowed to voice the church's opinion on birth control and abortion to the woman and require the woman to attend church classes on the matter. If a woman doesn't want to hear or be given an opinion by her employer than the woman should pay her own birth control, abortion.
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    In my view if the Catholic Church wants to run a business then said business is subject to the same laws as any other business. This entire "moral objection" argument is simply an end around the ACA. Republicans have already shown their hold card with the Blunt/Rubio amendment. The allegations are now fact.

    April 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Tony in Boston

    To all you men and women out there, simple question. So it's okay for the Federal Government to allow Health Insurance to cover Viagra for men, but not to cover the birth control for women. Why is that?

    April 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I will not EVER be dictated to by a Pope or a Mormon of any kind.

    April 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis

    Women are free to purchase contraception, birth control or pay for an abortion. Employers should have the same freedom to pay or not pay for contraception, birth control or abortion for their employees. Why is it that employers have to pay for this?????
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    Because women with "female illnesses" go to their doctors and get drug prescriptions, which happen to be contraceptives.

    Employers pay for it because conservatives want health care privately funded, instead of universal health care.

    April 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Ann Romney makes me puke.

    April 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. B

    The Catholic Church is more and more irrelevant as time moves on. After the global exposure of what priests have been involved in, molesting innocents, mostly the youth and then protecting the responsible is an abomination of historic proportion!

    These people are still living and practicing in the distant past and have no relevance now because they refuse to change with evolving cultural times.

    We got rid of burning witches some time ago, now they should start understanding current Women’s health issues that are not pre-historic..

    April 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Load up on the ammo, dems, I know we have the guns, don't forget the ammo.

    April 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    GOD gave me (us) free will -– the church will NOT take that away from me.

    April 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Boomer in Mo

    They thought they could get Ricky into the White House and make the Catholic Church the national church in the U.S. and require all presidents from now on to be Catholic. The Vatican was drooling over the prospect of getting control of the most powerful military in the world through the Rickster. A new crusade to the Middle East, nuking muslims right and left, was being dreamed about. Ricky was so nuts, all that was impossible so they are trying damage control.

    April 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. John in Brooklyn

    Religious freedom is not at stake here. What IS, however, is allowing a religious origanization of any kind retain their tax-exempt status and yet actively advocate for a specific public policy. Thanks, Vatican, for pushing the Catholic equivalent to sharia law.

    April 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. chief

    its funny ... i dont complain when my tax dollars fund catholic charities

    April 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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