Bishops Studying Initial White House Movement On Religious Liberty

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after an announcement today regarding the government’s plan to require mandatory coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after an announcement today regarding the government’s plan to require mandatory coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. But the Conference continues to express concerns. “While there may be an openness to respond to some of our concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” he said.

“Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” Cardinal-designate Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.”

“I am grateful to all the Catholic faithful and others of different faiths who have supported the Church on this issue of religious freedom. I still have many concerns; the details of the White House statement must be reviewed carefully and thoroughly before further comments can be made,” said Bishop John Noonan.