House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will reverse contraception rule if administration won't. Rep. Fred Upton has also announced plans to advance legislation 'to reverse the controversial decision and restore long-standing conscience protections.'
More USCCB statements and USA Today editorial add to action alerts and letters from Catholic shepherds to counter administration's violation of Church beliefs and conscience rights. Updated from Feb. 6.
Feb. 12 issue editorial: In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the rights of “conscience” were said to trump moral teaching that barred contraception, abortion and non-marital sexual relationships. Now, the raw power of the state has been used to violate the conscience rights of believers in an open and unapologetic manner.
Is the Church bigoted? Absolutely not. Holy mother Church speaks to us in charity and truth. The dilemma is how to season our political dialogue with timeless truths, while not being caught up in a 'rights war' that distorts the Catholic position. Jan. 29 issue column