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Time to figure out how to violate our consciences


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Last Friday the Obama administration announced that it would not exempt religious employers and Catholic organizations like colleges, hospitals and charities from a new regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, even if they cause abortion. The regulation, which goes into effect Aug. 1, but which federal officials said would be delayed another year until 2013 for church-related organizations, rides roughshod over the conscientious moral and religious beliefs of many Catholics and others. The effective date of the controversial regulation is conveniently after the presidential elections.

Catholic bishops, led by Archbishop Dolan, vowed to fight the measure in the court of public opinion, the legislature and the courts of law. "In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences...We're unable to live with this," he said.

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