"In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences"
Arch Bishop Timothy Dolan
The Obama administration and the Dept of Health and human services has mandated that Catholic and other religious institutions provide contraceptives and sterilizations in their health insurance plans regardless of their conscience or religious views.
We are not forcing our beliefs upon anyone else. We respect the constitutional right of all faiths to freely exercise their religion. We simply want that constitutional right given to us as well.
Bill Thierfelder, President of Bellmont Abbey College
HHS argues that there is a conscience clause, but it is so narrow as to render it useless. Once a religious community goes out into the world and serves people outside its own faith, that religious institution loses its exemption. Universities, hospitals, and social service organization would not be exempt.
So what? This is a huge attack on how people can worship and practice. This forces people to participate in an evil. While you may not agree that abortion and birth control are evil, I hope you can see how the next time the government infringes on religious freedom, it may be yours.