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America's Catholic bishop beginning three days of meetings today expected atop the agenda.
The issue of religious freedom you can expect the mandate requiring health insurers provide birth control coverage -- get attention here.
Religion correspondent Lauren green is live in Atlanta what's expected today -- good morning to you.
Hey good morning -- you know with a 300 bishops that are gathered here in Atlanta for this needing there is a sense of urgency as never before -- as you said top on the agenda is that threat to religious liberty and for them it's how to make their voices heard.
Now the three day meeting opened with mass -- Atlanta's basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus but -- for the -- the right to express their -- outside of church walls their social service agencies and schools and so forth.
Second fell more than forty Catholic marriages and institutions to file a federal -- a few weeks ago.
But the spark that began at all I mean health and human services mandate.
Requiring employers to offer contraceptives and other benefits.
To that -- you violate church teaching August deadline to comply has put their battle on the fast track.
We're looking to take all the steps we can.
Within the system.
Civil Disobedience -- -- It's a very -- Resort not a first resort.
But it's it is -- -- we're not taken it off the table.
Bishops are also setting up a network of information to dispersed through the parishes nationwide so that they can get the -- Involved in this fight that -- that the bishops attending that conference at this week's meeting goes beyond the birth control mandate do they not.
Well it's also about how the bishops say the -- this -- is also about.
How do you define freedom of religion you know what defines a church to listen.
We can't live with the definition.
Excludes our schools our hospitals our Catholic Charities of social service.
From being the and I I suspect.
That more war we're being.
There also but frankly this -- -- -- freedom to begin June 21 involve a lot of activities prayers protest that sort of things.
Leading up to July 4 and -- -- of their voices significance here especially in this election year Lauren Green thank you live in Atlanta will be in contact thanks line.
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