Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise
February 7th, 2013
03:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support the Obama administration’s revised proposal for providing insurance coverage for contraception, saying it falls short of addressing concerns about religious freedom.

In a response to the policy update announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, the church leaders said the policy offers “second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities.”

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  1. Thomas

    Reform-minded Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini says just weeks before his death that Church is "200 years behind the times".

    How true .

    February 7, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Chumlee

    Who really cares what these perverts think. They like little boys as a means of getting their jollies

    February 7, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    One word: Tough.

    February 7, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    I hate to have to tell the Catholic Bishops, but if "Catholic" health care doesn't include full reproductive services for all patients then it *is* second class health care. But then the Bishops have been making it very clear lately that they don't really care about providing real health care or supporting the religious freedom of individuals or tending to the spiritual needs of their parishioners. They just want to be obeyed by anyone and everyone over whom they might be able to exercise a little bit of power, Catholic or not. It's patriarchy at it's worst, freedom for me (without accountability, of course) but not for thee. Flock, indeed - only sheep would accept "care" like that.

    February 7, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If they want to be totally exempt, then don't run hospitals and colleges that anyone can work, learn and be treated at. Since anyone can go there, then you have to deal with the public and follow the same rules. I can't recall anyone going to a church to get their appendix out. How many hospitals do people go to pray? We need to think of it like that.

    February 7, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Jerubbaal

    Well maybe they should be more worried about all the innocent lives that they have destroyed throughout the ages and the apostate vatican papal system that they have created which is leading their laity to he!!. These self righteous usurpers of the Almighty and man have not a shred of moral legitamacy in this argument. They are nothing more than False Prophets usurping the legitamacy of the true apostles in order to appear religious and holy. Inside they are truly ravenous wolves. This vatican papal system is the true antichrist system that has come into the world, doing the bidding of their master, the truly covering cherub.

    February 7, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. jinx88

    Who cares!! They should be all for free contraception for all the little boys they use to get their fantasies off with. Perverts!!!

    February 7, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Who give a flying flip? I'm tired of "The Catholic Church" putting their noses in everything. They think they can run things in America like they do in Italy. Somebody please clue them in – this is not Vatican City.

    February 7, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Wow. More "we're being persecuted" nonsense from the catholic church because they're being told they have to live by the same rules as everyone else but don't want to. What. A. Freekin. Farce.

    February 7, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Mark

    Don't care what they think. They are a bunch of child-abusing creeps. The Catholic Church is responsible for untold misery because of their opposition to birth control in developing countries. They need to clean up the mess they have made.

    February 7, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Lisa P. Corrector

    Lisa P, you ignorant piece of trash. Your reasoning is convoluted and filled with BS. Abortion is NOT a reproductive service. Abortion is a death service. You would have made a great Nazis. After all, they were into relabeling terms to make them sound palatable, such as calling the murder of six million Jews a "final solution." Hmmmm.."reproductive services" is to abortion what "the final solution" is to death camps... yup, that fits trash like you right well.

    February 7, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Lisa P. Corrector

    Lisa P, you ignorant thing. Your reasoning is convoluted and filled with BS. Abortion is NOT a reproductive service. Abortion is a death service. You would have made a great Nazis. After all, they were into relabeling terms to make them sound palatable, such as calling the murder of six million Jews a "final solution." Hmmmm.."reproductive services" is to abortion what "the final solution" is to death camps... yup, that fits refuse like you right well.

    February 7, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Pink Hats. Again, They can go to the same place that they said that those that ate meat on Fridays would go, that is until the beef industry made it worth their while to reverse that "holy" mandate.

    February 7, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. JustAO

    Bishops? Go back to molesting children and changing rules for your religion since you know, it is "gods will". Maybe contraception will be the next change 'god' has bestowed upon your ears.

    February 7, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. RM

    Catholic Bishops have no need for contaceptives. They can't get pregnant

    February 7, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Then tell your flock to vote for the OPPOSITION!

    February 7, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lisa P. Corrector
    I found your post unnecessarily offensive and I am not easily offended. I am speaking as a woman who just felt like another woman got mauled in front of her simply for expressing her opinion.

    February 7, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Name lynn

    Then the catholics bishops need to pray, an then talk. About what can obama can an cannot do. What can the catholics do to solve the gun problems, let the step up an do or say something that can help the gun laws.

    February 7, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. critical thinking

    You all may have wanted to more strongly voice this BEFORE the election. THe other candidate was planning on scrapping Obamacare. Elections have consequences.

    February 7, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. RR

    These Bishops still live in the 15th century. Come on Bishops, do what you do best........

    February 7, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Len

    Thank goodness we elected President Obama.

    February 7, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Lisa P.

    Lisa P. Corrector

    Lisa P, you ignorant piece of trash. Your reasoning is convoluted and filled with BS. Abortion is NOT a reproductive service. Abortion is a death service. You would have made a great Nazis. After all, they were into relabeling terms to make them sound palatable, such as calling the murder of six million Jews a "final solution." Hmmmm.."reproductive services" is to abortion what "the final solution" is to death camps... yup, that fits trash like you right well.
    February 7, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm
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    Funny. The Nazis outlawed abortion and the Catholic hierarchy praised Hitler. Who needs correction now?

    But it that's not enough for you, tell a woman with an ectopic pregnancy, or any of hundreds life-or-health-threatening complications, that abortion is not a reproductive health service. Offer to pay their future medical bills, or to support their surviving children, since you are so interested in making their health decisions for them.

    February 7, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Moose

    A whole lot of angry people here

    February 7, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. freedom

    Obamacare needs to be repealed. Let Sandra Fluke pay for her own contraceptives – gross.

    February 7, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. They Never Learn

    @Lisa P Corrector-Get a grip, better yet get some mental help.

    February 7, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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