The organization released a document on Thursday about its upcoming religious freedom campaign.
The Hill: Catholic Bishops Issue 'Call To Action' On Religious Freedom
All Americans should be "on guard" as the Obama administration threatens religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared Thursday. The call to action is spelled out in a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty," developed by the conference's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty (Pecquet, 4/12).
The New York Times: Catholic Bishops Urge Campaign For Religious Freedom
In the document, the bishops seek to explain that their alarm is not only about the mandate in the health reform act that requires even Catholic colleges and hospitals to have insurance plans that cover birth control. They cite seven examples of what they say are violations of religious freedom (Goodstein, 4/12).
CNN: After Contraception Controversy, Catholic Church Announces Religious Freedom Campaign
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 (Gilgoff, 4/12).
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