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“We were getting killed”: the inside story of Obama’s “accommodation”


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11obama2-articleLarge-e1328928950257.jpgThe Deacon's Bench:


“We were getting killed”: the inside story of Obama’s “accommodation”


Feb 10th, 2012 by Deacon Greg Kandra


Scissors-32x32.pngFrom the New York Times:


For the White House, the decision announced Friday to soften a rule requiring religious-affiliated organizations to pay for insurance plans that offer free
was never really driven by a desire to mollify Roman Catholic bishops, who were strongly opposed to the plan.


Rather, the fight was for
— head of an influential Catholic hospital group, who had supported
— and Catholic allies of the White House seen as the religious left. Sister Keehan had told the White House that the new rule, part of the health care law, went too far.


Mr. Obama announced that rather than requiring religiously affiliated charities and universities to pay for contraceptives for their employees, the cost would be shifted to
companies. The initial rule caused a political uproar among some Catholics and others who portrayed it as an attack on religious freedom.

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Bishops to ‘Bam: “Nice first step…” -UPDATED


Feb 10th, 2012 by Elizabeth Scalia


Scissors-32x32.pngRocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia has it:


*New opportunity to dialogue with executive branch, obtain details :::

*Too soon to tell whether and how much improvement on core concerns:::

*Commitment to religious liberty for all means legislation still necessary:::


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President Obama’s announcement today. 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.
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