Government “Accommodation” to the Objections of Catholics and others to the HHS Mandate

This morning President Obama announced a revision of the HHS mandate. The devil is in the details, no doubt, and what they are will hopefully be made clearer.
Here is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s first response to the Federal Government’s revision of its HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drug coverage.

WASHINGTON— 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 USCCB.

“The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” he said.

“Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” Cardinal-designate Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.”

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