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Dolan Says Birth-Control Mandate Is 'Strangling' Religious Freedom

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is suing the Obama administration over its birth control mandate, said Tuesday that it is "strangling" religious freedom.

Speaking on CBS' "This Morning," Dolan defended Catholic dioceses decision to file suit in Brooklyn federal court, challenging the government mandate that requires most employers to provide birth control coverage.

"The exemption given to the churches is so strangling and so narrow, and it's also presumptuous that a bureau of the federal government is attempting to define for the church the extent of its ministry and ministers," Dolan said.

Dolan said the "straight-jacketing" of the exemption he finds "very dangerous."

The lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country represent the largest push against the mandate since President Barack Obama announced the policy in January.

"We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with the Congress, and we'll keep at it, but there's still no fix," Dolan said Monday.

Among those suing are the University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Michigan and the Catholic University of America.

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Comments [3]

chris from Scottsdale, AZ

I do not understand why the church can not look inward to themselves and wonder why they are failing the women of faith who need birth control. If their doctrine had any value this would be a non-issue to the faithful. Do they really believe that Catholic women do not use birth control? Do they really expect government to solve their religious problem for them?? Grow up and demonstrate the faith you want to see rather than expect the government to do it for you.

May. 22 2012 05:47 PM
rahgoo

My ten years as a spiritual adviser and an unaffiliated father confessor taught me many things about the sin of adultery. One important bit of information discovered was that many married women force their husbands to use condoms and their lovers none. It led me to the conclusion that countless births are due to adulterous affairs. Some wives blame their suspicious pregnancies on a leaky rubber; hoodwinked husbands are then forced to switch to a double or heavier condom. One of my promiscuous male customers confessed to have impregnated over 50 married women. He never visited any of his children for fear of getting a beating from the woman’s husband.

May. 22 2012 05:31 PM
Carlos Pulido from NYC

why we allow these institutions of organized superstition to continue to wield so much influence over our daily secular and political lives is beyond me. when will all these stupid religions finally be outlawed so we can move forward as a society?

May. 22 2012 04:01 PM

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