D.C. Archbishop: Federal Policies Need to Respect Religious Expression

From Fox News Sunday:
The federal government must take care not to penalize religious expression, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., said in an interview aired Sunday, as religious groups crank up their objections to a mandate in the Obama administration’s health care law that provides few exceptions to a requirement on contraceptive coverage in health care plans.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the Church is reviewing Obama administration policies – most recently its decision to change the definition of “religious employers” to allow narrow exemptions to the contraceptive care rule.


The latest dispute comes after the administration in September denied funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking because the bishops refuse to refer victims of the slave trade to contraception or abortion services.
Cardinal Wuerl is absolutely right here. But his words would have a whole lot more significance if the Church did not hold its hand out for federal handouts.

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