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O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage
The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 7, 2012 | Andrea K. Walker

Posted on 02/08/2012 10:07:28 AM PST by In Maryland

Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees.

"We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law," O'Brien wrote in the letter, which was read during last Sunday's Mass at the area's 153 Roman Catholic parishes.

O'Brien's letter highlights a continuing dispute over federal health care reform, and a policy that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says is designed to improve care for women.

The agency recently rejected a request by Catholic groups to be exempt from a requirement that insurance cover contraception and sterilization — areas that go against the church's teachings. The Obama administration has given the religious groups a year to comply with the law.

But O'Brien said in his letter that the yearlong reprieve was a weak concession.

"The Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our nation's first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty," O'Brien wrote.

The letter was O'Brien's strongest condemnation of the rule, which most employers have to comply with this year. It comes as Catholic groups are putting increased pressure on federal officials to reverse their opinion. The Baltimore Archdiocese was one of many around the country that issued letters to its members criticizing the rule and urging them to speak out against it.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: catholic; contraception; moralabsolutes; obamacare; zerocare
This is what all the Catholic Bishops need to do - dump this back on Obama
1 posted on 02/08/2012 10:07:39 AM PST by In Maryland
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To: In Maryland
Ubama is too slimy to let this get in his way.

He'll back down, and the Bishops will go back to enabling him.

2 posted on 02/08/2012 10:14:25 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

sad, but true. Just wait......he’s going to offer AMNESTY and the BISHOPS will be FAWNING ALL OVER HIM AGAIN!!

3 posted on 02/08/2012 10:17:58 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: In Maryland

Charlton Heston outlined this response. This is awesome if the Catholic Church stands up to Obama. Make Obama have to crack down on the rebel church leaders. This is a gift wrapped in a bow. Expose the SOB. They FEAR this,, they count in meek acquiescence.

Heston’s words-
“Well, the answer’s been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.

You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.

I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might.

Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Viet Nam.

In that same spirit, I’ m asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives, and onerous laws that weaken personal freedom.

But be careful. It hurts. Disobedience demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies. You must be willing to be humiliated, to endure the modern-day equivalent of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water Cannons at Selma. You must be willing to experience discomfort.”

4 posted on 02/08/2012 10:24:03 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: In Maryland
Letter of Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien
5 posted on 02/08/2012 10:31:54 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: In Maryland
Lets just see how many Catholics follow their beliefs and their leaders.
6 posted on 02/08/2012 10:46:20 AM PST by Logical me
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; narses; Salvation; NYer; Pyro7480; marshmallow


7 posted on 02/08/2012 10:51:20 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: In Maryland

This mandate is unconstitutional and can NOT be enforced.

Let’s evaluate Satan’s commitment to Separation of Church and State.

8 posted on 02/08/2012 10:58:09 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as “natural behavior)
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To: In Maryland; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
"We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law,"

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


9 posted on 02/08/2012 12:21:48 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: In Maryland


10 posted on 02/08/2012 12:25:12 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: In Maryland
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11 posted on 02/08/2012 10:25:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

But other than those, there has been no comment? -smile-

12 posted on 02/09/2012 7:20:51 AM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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To: In Maryland

ahh but now Obama has made it ILLEGAL TO OFFER A POLICY for sale that does not have abortion.

The church has no first amendment right on the issue.

In fact no INDIVIDUAL has a right on the issue.

(does this mean companies no longer have to offer day care since abortion is mandatory?)

13 posted on 02/10/2012 4:48:12 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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