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Archbishop Dolan: Catholic Church will continue to resist HHS Mandate

by | Nov 14, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

This post is a brief follow up to our story yesterday, where we informed NRL News Today readers that the centrality of religious liberty came up immediately at the fall general assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Yesterday we quoted extensively from the comments of Archbishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Today we begin by picking up on the observations of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

At issue is the mandate from Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services that requires most employers, including religious employers, to provide insurance coverage of contraceptives and sterilization, even if the employer is morally opposed.

While Archbishop Dolan said the Roman Catholic church was open to continue working toward a resolution, it will not comply with the Obama administration requirement resolution, adding that in the meanwhile it would press ahead with challenges to the mandate.

“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Archbishop Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. “I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.”

According to the Associated Press, Dolan “would not say whether bishops would disobey the mandate if the lawsuits fail or church leaders can’t resolve their disagreements with Health and Human Services. ‘It’s still not doomsday yet,’ he said.”

Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, gave an interview to National Catholic Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond that was published Monday that can be read here.

After praising the defeat of the physician-assisted suicide initiative in Massachusetts, Doerflinger was asked, “What strategies are now being deployed to tackle the narrow religious exemption and the need for conscience provisions for other private employers who oppose the mandate on religious or moral grounds?” He replied, “So far, we have pursued remedies to the contraception mandate in all three branches of government, and all those avenues remain open.”

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