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Bishops 'discussing' Obama's 'war on religion


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Washington Examiner:

Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, asked if President Obama is conducting a "war on religion" -- as Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, alleged in a recent ad -- said that his conference of bishops is "reviewing" Obama's policies toward Roman Catholics, as he implied that Obama does not respect their freedom of conscience.

"I think it is right now something that's under great discussion," Wuerl said when Chris Wallace asked if he believes that Obama makes "war on religion" by pulling the federal funding for Catholic charities that refuse to provide contraceptives or abortions.

Obama's regulatory changes regarding Roman Catholic hospitals and charities are "all being reviewed," Wuerl said. "Certainly the position of the Catholic Church is that no one -- no one should be penalized because of their faith position," he added. "No one should be penalized because of their freedom, the free exercise of the conscience."

Alluding to pressure to add abortion to the list of services Roman Catholic charities provide, Wuerl said "There are some things we simply won't do, but that should be respected because it's always been respected."snip
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