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The Catholic bishops rejecting president Obama's accommodation.
In the contraception mandate battle.
The White House is still under fire over all of this after President Obama announced shifting birth control costs and also cost for sterilization and plan B.
Over to the employer's insurance companies and pushing them essentially to pay port for free here is the president -- all of this on Friday take a look.
The results will be that religious organizations won't have to pay for these services.
And no religious institution will have to provide these services directly.
-- -- repeat these importers will not -- pay for or provide.
You while according to our latest poll 58% of Catholic voters approve.
-- requiring all employer plans to provide birth control.
And the other covers that I just mentioned so joining me now -- his eminence cardinal Donald Worrell is the archbishop.
Of Washington cardinal -- good to have you with us welcome this morning.
Thank you it's good to be with you thank you -- so you heard President Obama and he said that he believes that removing this from the mandate.
So that -- Catholic institutions do not have to cover birth control or Steelers nation or plan B.
-- removes the concern in his mind.
That the -- hat.
Why does that not satisfy.
Well I think there are two things that we have to take a look at the first is that very very narrow question.
Who is paying for these.
Many many church entities and organizations.
Many of our Catholic church and other religious organizations as well -- self insured.
Under this mandate.
As I understand the way it's being presented we will still have to not only provide to pay for all of these morally objectionable.
But there's a much bigger issues at stake here and that is the read defying.
A religious liberty.
We and we have a constitutional.
-- Wallace for.
The church is to carry out their ministries their work in this country we've been doing it for over 200 years.
Success in building up the common good.
All of a sudden we're being told in these.
These new mandates and in this administration.
That the administration will define for us what is our ministry.
And we just had a Supreme Court ruling.
I think it unanimous.
In these included.
Justices appointed by President Obama who said.
He isn't the prerogative of the government.
Who does what ministries what qualifies for ministry and what really defines true.
Janice very very significant.
That -- and -- -- when you look at you broke down into two parts.
If there is an exemption for Catholic institutions that self -- in other words -- -- -- -- these institutions don't have another insurer.
To push that cost on to.
If there's an exemption for all of those organizations do you think that the church's response to the president would then be favorite -- I think we have to see what this would look like you know when that when this was first announced we were told.
That there would be an opportunity for a consultation collaboration and working out the details of this.
And we'd have to see what that would look like.
But even if we were to find some satisfactory conclusion to the question.
Immoral activities in paying for them we still have to get to.
The more basic issue and that is the fundamental freedom.
Religious faith based groups to carry out their ministry.
Unimpeded by government directives.
You know I I'd like to use the the parallel.
If we may.
We when we talk about religious liberty it's one of the liberties and one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment but so is freedom of the press.
I think media.
Would be the area -- If there were -- directive telling them that for the good of the country and because the administration greatly convinced that you would have to do.
Stories that they that they provide -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And that is this issue you know all of the Catholic women out there who use contraception is numbers have been thrown around quite a -- And the idea is that you know because that's the case and because the numbers are high.
The Catholic Church should take a different opinion on all of this how do you address that.
-- Catholic teaching is never determined by the polls.
Over the history of the church there are many teachings of the church and that from time to time large numbers of people felt uncomfortable with or simply didn't fall.
But that isn't the norm.
For Catholic Church teaching the gospel this.
The revelation is not the polls there will -- -- -- teachings of the church and that a number of people simply don't fall.
There have been suggestions that there should be protests against this mandate do you -- Do you recommend that do you think that Catholics should let their voices -- -- in the form of protest on yes.
I think the best thing we can do is simply beat her.
And that's why the bishops around the country are sharing this information not just with the Catholic people but with with every one of goodwill.
People need to speak up in that in our democratic republic when people speak up.
There are usually.
Heard and if there's one thing at the heart of this nation -- we're counting on and that's the basic fairness -- the American people.
Who would say.
Why are religious groups being excluded.
From their service to the common good.
-- well it is.
An honor to have you with us today thank you very much in evidence in your -- heading -- to thank you.
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