February 11th, 2012
07:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Catholic bishops group denounces contraception compromise

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced President Barack Obama's compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises "serious moral concerns," according to a statement posted on its website late Friday.

"Today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deploy held convictions," the statement said.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. diridi

    This cult leader in under drugs, investigate. tell him it is a democracy, not particular sect.

    February 11, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a Lutheran, I do not want the catholic church and teavangelicals determining my religious freedom.

    February 11, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. Francesca Fontes

    I am a Catholic and I believe the bishops should accept the compromise. It.s a good compromise. The bishops are being intransigent.

    February 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The catholic church does not allow women in any position of prominence, so their out dated religion is much like the teavangelicals, Taliban in nature.

    February 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If catholic bishops win, America loses.

    February 11, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. sarah from Dumfries VA

    If the change is okay with the progressive bishops then he should care less about the conservative bishops

    February 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Thomas

    In other words, "that still doesn't let us impose our religious beliefs on all our employees so its not good enough." The President should say, "Ok, if that isn't good enough lets just go back to requiring you to pay for it directly."

    February 11, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Marty, FL

    President Obama respectfully extends a reasonable compromise to work with others, which is exactly why our family will be voting for his re-election in November.

    It is interesting that we Americans did not hear from these bishops on such a public level when 26 states enacted the same law, and some without the compromise. A coincidence? Not likely.

    February 11, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    The Catholic bishops are just playing politics against this president. They were very quiet during the Bush years, and during their own child abuse scandal. Where was their oucry during the declaration of unnecessary wars, the scandalous application of the death penalty in places like Texas, the tragedy of priests abusing children? This comes from a devoted Roman Catholic who loves the whole truth. Their selective moral outrage exposes their ugly political agenda and their deep contempt for women.

    February 11, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. GI Joe.

    WE will not be led by the POPE. WE never voted for him.

    WE found out just who is willing to deny women their rights. Thanks for bringing this up, President Obama. We see who will take our rights away from us, after years of fighting hard FOR those rights.

    February 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Marry

    Dear Bishops, it is funny that you do not know that most catholic women use birth control because they are very responsible people and know that this policy is from the church – not from God!
    What is much more concerning is that you have no comment when you see those good Catholics like Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum lie the blue out of the sky about the President and to the American people about their non existing "solutions" for the country (not a sin?). Instead you choose to go after the President who does nothing more than to keep church and state separate and he has more compassion and good will without preconditions for people than the church ever had or has.

    February 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Ray

    I'm Catholic and I tend to agree with Obama's point of view. Most Catholics know that our bishops are just using this to try and take public attention away from the sex abuse scandal and other pressing issues the Church refuses to face.

    February 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. chuck weidemann

    Compromise is just that. The religious groups are not directly paying for the birth control service so be satisfied. We all pay premiums based on overall cost to insurance companies and this is just that... Sounds like the Bishops want the government to regulate their flock!!! Their religious belief is just that THEIRS and each person as an individual will follow as they see fit. Can't have more freedothan that!!!

    February 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Mikey

    If 98% of Catholic women of childbearing years use birth control, what are the Bishops talking about? This is pure politics. They think that if they get a pro-life Republican into the WH, Roe v. Wade might be overturned. It doesn't matter whether it is Santorum who is honestly against abortion or Romney who is lying about it (along with everything else).

    February 11, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. carrotroot

    The church isn't paying one red penny for the contraceptives, so they no longer have a dog in this fight.

    February 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |