After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
The American Catholic bishops.
April 12th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.

“Religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad,” the American bishops said in a new document titled “Our first, most cherished freedom.”

Compared to other Catholic communications campaigns, “This is bigger in that it’s not a one-time thing, not aiming for a specific Sunday” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the communications director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “It’s going to be extensive and it’s going to be occurring over a few years.”

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The Catholic bishops say a proposed White House rule connected to the Affordable Care Act requiring health insurers to provide free contraception coverage forces the church to fund an activity it opposes for religious reasons. The White House tweaked an earlier version of the rule that required employers, rather than insurance companies, to pay for contraceptive coverage, mollifying some Catholic groups who objected to Catholic colleges and hospitals having to fund contraception coverage.

But the bishops said the so-called White House compromise didn’t go far enough.

In their Thursday document, the bishops also said that a handful of American states and municipalities have driven Catholic foster care and adoption services out of business because Catholic charities refused to place children with gay couples or unmarried straight couples.

The document also said that the federal government recently revised its contract with the Catholic Church’s Migration and Refugee Services to require it to provide or refer women to contraceptive and abortion services, in violation of Catholic teaching.

“Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home,” the bishops said in a Thursday statement. “It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?”

“This is not a Catholic issue,” the statement said. “This is not a Jewish issue. This is not an Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue. It is an American issue.”

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  1. Andrew

    Oh oh. Whenever fat old religious men get together to lament "religious freedom under attack" you can bet they are scheming to take away our freedoms.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  2. MashaSobaka

    Someone really needs to explain to these morons that "religious liberty" does not mean that you can force your dogma onto people of other faiths. This is an issue of basic healthcare, and pleading "But it makes Jesus cry" is NOT a legitimate excuse to deny someone overage. No one is forcing Catholics to take birth control. No Catholic has the right to deny someone access to it. Secular law trumps religious law in the USA. If Catholics have a problem with a government that is not theocratic then they may move to Iran. The sooner the better. No one will miss them or their attempts to force women back into second-class citizenship and to deny basic civil rights to minorities.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  3. uponthisrock

    If there is no real God that I serve as a Christian according to the teachings of Jesus, then when I die I will never know that He did not exist and the whole question is moot.
    If the atheist dies and finds out that indeed God does exist he is in a heep of trouble.
    I will error on the side of believing. Why? Because it cost me nothing.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Observer

      If you are wrong, you have wasted a huge amount of time when you could have been exploring the world or doing things like making life better by volunteering to help others.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Even closeted Christians need to flex their might once in a blue Moon!

      April 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Axel Jurgens

      you both have good points

      April 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • What IF

      "If there is no real God that I serve as a Christian according to the teachings of Jesus, then when I die I will never know that He did not exist and the whole question is moot."

      - What if the real "God" is Allah, or Vishnu, or Zeus, or Quetzalcoatl, or any of the other of thousands which have been dreamed up over the centuries? Some of them are very jealous and vengeful and will relegate you to nasty places for not worshiping them. You'd better cover your butt by believing in ALL of them and fulfill their wishes and demands.

      - What if the real "God" prefers those who use logic and reason and punishes you as a silly sycophant?

      - What if the real "God" detests those who believe something just to cover their butts in eternity?

      April 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • John

      Observer – that is what Christians do, they explore the world, feed the poor, heal the sick, combat AIDS, run shelters for the homeless....if that is your idea of a good life then come join us.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • badlobbyist

      This is Pascal's Wager. There are a host of very good arguments against why this does not make sense.
      My favorite is that you have to believe to be saved. Do you really think an all knowing God isn’t smart enough to not see through your disingenuousness? You don’t give your God much credit.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • NoTheism

      @uponthisrock, congratulations in presenting Pascal's Wager...
      I think WhatIf responded well.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  4. Saved

    s.e.x is awesome. If you haven't explored your s.e.xuality you are missing one of the fine points of being human. I have had s.e.x with beautiful women in public, in private, with toys, without toys, solo, in the forest, in the bedroom. Now I am older and happily married, but man back in the day. Fun!! Get your rocks off. If there were a god, he would not have given us these urges to torture us! He wants us to enjoy our bodies! Ever had someone p.e.e on you? It is awesome! (and vice versa). A.n.a.l rocks too! Chicks and G.a.y dudes, go for it. L.e.sbians p.e.eing on each other is the best! Most of us can only dream, but if you are lucky like me, you know the euphoria of incredible k.i.n.k.y s.e.x. Thanks god! Two things I missed out on. A redhead and puffy n.i.p.s. Dammit. I LOVE puffy n.i.p.p.l.e.s.
    Now look at all those Catholic dorks. They are not even human. No s.e.x? IDIOTS!

    Look at you hypocrites. Most of you would chop off your arm to let Kate Upton p.i.s.s in your mouth and you would swallow every drop. I would lick her p.u.s.s.y clean.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Rene

      I don't mind you keep your lasciviousness in your privacy if it doesn't affect the rest and forces others to pay for your pleasures. Reason over pleasure, yes; Force over order true liberty, never!

      April 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Saved

      Rene, it has nothing to do with lust. It has only to do with being human and how we evolved. Enjoy!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  5. John

    God loves atheists too.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Christian law is not above government

      atheists say we don't go that way, but we agree that everyone have the right to love anyone, any gender.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  6. mms55

    they have to be kidding lol the only threat to religion is the church it's self. listen to your own word's you bloated self important jerks.then you will see why people are fleeing your flock's.STAY OUT OF OUR GOVERMENT AND OUR POLITIC's.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  7. Rene

    Do you notice the reason of paying taxes is to help everybody out on the national level and the Church in this case helps the state help others (not the other way around)? That is why the Church is tax free, because it is entirely independent even money wise. If you want to help out the church, it is your choice...but if you don't want to help others with true needs, it is called a tax! 1st Amendment vs the 16th can go together as they have been...stop making them so divisive, they should be as they were before antinomians showed up.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • NoTheism

      We probably differ in our understanding of the word "help". For example, why should the Church not allow gay couples to adopt kids who need loving parents? Why should they tell us that contraceptives are worse than STDs? In Africa, they did that for a really long time. Today, instead of advocating for a functional society, they still put their false ideologies ahead of people. The are a disgrace and if people didn't donate to them, they could donate to secular organizations that have no other purpose than to help others, unlike the Church which always has an agenda to promote their beliefs and force them on others.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • Rene

      They have religious truths that if you do not share you do not have to join...fine..but there is also the natural law...and that can be "forced" upon you not by the Church but by the state...so...the religious truth about morality are 100% based upon the natural law first and yes...the faith can also give you the why. In this case there is more agreement on what is right and wrong than what you may perceive. But religious truth forced upon you that are not strictly moral ones, like believing in the Trinity is not forced on you...That is why the Church has a Baptismal rite where children or adults are concerned free will is always key.....

      April 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  8. PraiseTheLard

    The sooner the cancer of "religion" is eradicated, the sooner mankind will be able to progress beyond the level of kindergarten...

    April 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • Rene

      That was called Communism and look how they went! (history)

      April 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • John

      So right, Rene

      April 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • bill constantine

      "Praise the Lard"..Grreat statement about eradication of rerliigion. People should remember your statement. I wrote it down and will use it in the future. .Stop and think about this. this is the reason for all of these wars in the last 200 years...Bill the Greek.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • wolfloversk

      Ever think maybe science and religion point in the same direction? It's not a "cancer"... It is a part of life. I happen to be a Zoology Major and a Christian and to me there is no divide.... I must say I am baffled by those on either side who say there is 😉

      April 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • bill constantine

      OK, I am for bringing women priests. We do have pedophiles in our churchs or religions which includes Jews, Moslems and etc.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • What IF


      Banning religion (and persecution) as the Communists did is not the answer. Logic and reason and showing the failings of superst.ition and magical thinking is the only way for religion to fade away.

      The churches will not be boarded up by the government, but will perhaps bear signs out in front saying, "Closed for lack of evidence".

      April 13, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Rene

      "Religion" is actually and explicitly in the Supreme Law of the Land? No! There is the evidence!

      April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  9. Harry

    What about the growing threat to our children who are being molested and abused by the Catholic Priests? How about they do something about that first! Until then their tax exempt status should be revoked.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  10. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Hey, tell Casey to move to North Korea. She's the ninny who thinks religious freedom is a Communist construct.

    What a sad little sack of sh!te she is.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Temple6

    Believing in imaginary people is a mental disorder, most people who claim to believe in such things usually end-up in a mental hospital. The “church” has been exploiting this mental disorder for thousands of years and there was a time when religion ruled the land, it is known as the Dark Ages. Religion sickens me to the core and I feel sorry for all the wasted human lives it has claimed. Religion is by far the greatest con ever invented by man. Thankfully not all of us are so ignorant and gullible, we are known as scientists. And because of us the human race will continue to be successful, why you sit around and give “god” all the credit.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Greg

      Thank you for putting into words what I feel.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Watcing the Circus

      Sad, very sad.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  12. sTEVE

    Religious freedom means the individual can belive what ever crazy crap they want and not be fired or jailed or killed. It doesn't mean groups can impose their crazy ideas on others or not be subject to the laws of land.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Pucksprite


      April 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  13. Will09

    As a newly formed church of just 2000 years since Christ; It seems some may not be current on what Catholics believe and do. We try to follow what Jesus taught us in the Bible - to Love God and Love the Neighbor – As a Catholic, we pray, we serve, we help, we donate, and we forgive. We believe God gave us all Free Will to choose; we support your right to express your opinions and we believe in your right to choose and to practice your faith or religion. Just in case you might be concerned, we no longer do crusades or burn people at the stake. we understood what Martin Luther was upset about and have worked hard to eradicate corruption in our organization. we condemn priests who have molested children, we want them away from children and cast out to be prosecuted, we don't protect them. We are ashamed of the evil, bad and ugly done by others in our church over the centuries in his name. Yet, We are proud to be Catholics. We are glad Jesus choose St. Peter and established the Universal Catholic Church to bring his word to all. We are not too proud to wash the feet of a stranger and to serve others. We try to live in faith and to seek to do good not evil. We believe in the Trinity and look to see God in others daily. We humbly bend our knee and pray for the Lord's help and guidance. We seek God's forgiveness and salvation for the whole world. We love all Human Life and want them to have the right to live a full life in dignity, whether dying elderly, newly conceived or those on death row. We love and provide support for unwed pregnant mothers to be. We are inclusive, We always love the person, Straight, Gay or Lesbian; we may disagree how some choose to live and can't always condone alternative lifestyles, but we love and accept them as equal. We have always been for the poor, the weary, the unwanted and forgotten. We support American Military personnel fighting to protect us. We support living wages for ordinary citizens and work to help others in need through job fairs, various support drives, soup kitchens, rescues, aid stations, and shelters. We try to live to help others and improve there conditions. We visit prisons, we give money to strangers, we feed homeless, we build home in mexico for the poor, we provide for those who can not afford healthcare. Yes, we make mistakes, yes, we are imperfect and we are sinners. If you choose to pray for us or help us, we are grateful. We are all equally in need of God's Love, Grace, Forgiveness, and Mercy. So, Peace be with You.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Pucksprite

      Thank you. I respect your right to believe, if you respect my right not to. I have no problem with religion until religion begins making laws for me. Then, I take issue.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • John

      Amen, Will09 – Peace be with you too.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Christian law is not above government

      All the good thing done by Christian was done by few good people, Those people I bet don't even need a religion to help people. There are many People without religion helping the poor, save life, etc. But I only judge them by the people and not the religion. Unless most of christian do join in. However that not the same as priests who have molested children, they may molested them against the Christian , but It the religion that protect them.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      This from a childish church trying to prosecute Sanal Edamaruku for exposing the real reason a catholic statue leaked water.. and of course it was claimed as a miracle in India..turned out to be waste water fed via a capillary... must be hard for religions to get away with such shaman acts in this age where folks are thinking for them selves and asking questions. . Humanity should demand freedom from the myth men.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • bill constantine

      If you go back to Spain were yu were killed if you did not believe. and what about the pedo-philes?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  14. Reality

    Some nitty-gritty:

    "Twenty-one states offer exemptions from contraceptive coverage, usually for religious reasons, for insurers or employers in their policies: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (administrative rule), Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia."



    The Catholic do not believe in artificial birth control so why do they employ those who do? Did not the Supreme Court recently decide that religious organizations have the right to decide who they hire and fire? Bottom line: To reduce health insurance costs and to not be subject to Obama care regulations about supplying contraceptives, Catholic groups should simply not hire those who want contraceptives and fire those who demand such coverage.


    There are different opinions as to what a religion really is or what a non-profit is and therefore all non-profits should file Form 990's. At the moment, religious groups are exempt. To be fair therefore, there should be no tax-exemptions for any group and that includes the Democratic and Republican Parties. Faith and community initiative grant monies should also be cancelled and there should also be no tax deductions for contributions made to charities and non-profits.



    "The government must stay out of hiring and firing decisions by a religious organization, even if a minister sues for employment discrimination, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

    Religious freedom groups praised the decision, and especially the fact that it came from a unanimous court."

    Next topic !!!

    April 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Oops, make that "The Catholic hierarchy does not believe........."

      April 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  15. Saved

    s.e.x is awesome. If you haven't explored your s.e.xuality you are missing one of the fine points of being human. I have had s.e.x with beautiful women in public, in private, with toys, without toys, solo, in the forest, in the bedroom. Now I am older and happily married, but man back in the day. Fun!! Get your rocks off. If there were a god, he would not have given us these urges to torture us! He wants us to enjoy our bodies! Ever had someone p.e.e on you? It is awesome! (and vice versa). A.n.a.l rocks too! Chicks and G.a.y dudes, go for it. L.e.sbians p.e.eing on each other is the best! Most of us can only dream, but if you are lucky like me, you know the euphoria of incredible k.i.n.k.y s.e.x. Thanks god! Two things I missed out on. A redhead and puffy n.i.p.s. Dammit. I LOVE puffy n.i.p.p.l.e.s.
    Now look at all those Catholic dorks. They are not even human. No s.e.x? IDIOTS!

    Look at you hypocrites. Most of you would chop off your arm to let Kate Upton p.i.s.s in your mouth and you would swallow every drop.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality

      The reality of se-x, contraception and STD control: – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":
      1a. (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      1b. (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)
      Followed by:
      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      April 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Saved

      Reality, you are a nerd who doesn't get any.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • John

      Amen, Reality but I don't think the mob of atheists hanging out in the religion blog are going to like hearing that. 🙂

      April 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  16. Const.itution law = Christian law

    Convert to Christianity or go to hell.
    Your decision. Easy

    April 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • NoTheism

      A Muslim could say the same exact thing to you, what makes your religion right and theirs not?

      April 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Christian law is not above government

      Valhalla and Helheim an other example where we can go, both better than heaven.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Pete

      words from a loving christian.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  17. Pucksprite

    And so, my grandchildren, began the terrible years, when the free democracy, so proudly established for over 200 years, fell in a coup by radical Christian extremists, and the United States of America became The Christian Republic of America. Much of our history is lost after that time. Supreme Leader Santorum, soon upon seizing power, launched a nuclear attack against what he called the "Islamic threat". Few in my generation are alive now that remember the above ground world...those beautiful green trees and blue skies, faded now in memory, along with the people that once lived there. And that is why, my children, we now live in underground bunkers, and why we can never go to the surface.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Const.itution law = Christian law

      Convert and be part of us.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Playin with one's tally whacker are we?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  18. Reality


    (only for the newcomers)

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  19. Pruitt Holcombe

    When they say "religious liberty", they mean "freedom for Catholics". Their ideas of liberty end when it comes to issues of Judaism, Islam and Mormonism.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Pucksprite

      Exactly. My religion believes gays should be allowed to marry, but I doubt they will see religious liberty there.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  20. Const.itution law = Christian law

    Sorry we cannot keep our proudly faith to ourselves unless we share it to the public
    Why? We welcome everybody to join us, enjoy, be saved, loved and enter kingdom of heaven!

    April 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • NoTheism

      Misery loves company, doesn't it?

      April 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Christian law is not above government

      Or always asking for donation, it really hard to survive against the internet and science without money.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Observer

      Mindlessly calling people names like "moron" shows a total lack of "love". Guess again.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Yeah

      just sayin by any other name is still as stupid

      April 13, 2012 at 1:31 am |
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