Statement on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the HHS Mandate

Yesterday, I issued a statement in my role as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the¬†Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the HHS mandate. Unfortunately, there were some news reports today that claimed the bishops “rejected” the White House proposal, ignoring the fact that we bishops said, “we welcome and will take seriously the Administration’s invitation to submit our concerns through formal comments, and we will do so in the hope that an acceptable solution can be found that respects the consciences of all.”

Here is the press release by the USCCB along with my full statement.

 Click here to read the press release and statement.

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9 Responses to “Statement on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the HHS Mandate”

  1. Paul W says:

    Good Morning Cardinal Dolan
    Sir, are you getting any Strong Support from Protestant Denominations, I am a Reformed Presbyterian and would like to some how rally the troops to Show we are with you on this and the Abortion issue.
    Is there any way we can show the White House that this is NOT just a Roman Catholic issue.
    Hope this is a help

  2. Mary says:

    In 1571, the Battle of Lepanto was fought and became a decisive turning point in protecting the Christian faith. When the then-reigning pope, St. Pius V, realized the great danger the Church was in, he called upon all of the Marian groups of Rome to rally the faithful to pray fervently through the intercession of Our Lady to protect Europe from this grave threat. They all turned to her in the prayer of the Rosary, and were saved.

    Our Christian faith is again in grave danger!

    Cardinal Dolan, as President of the USCCB, could you not call upon ALL the Bishops, to call upon ALL their pastors, to at the VERY LEAST, recite a Hail Mary at the end of EVERY Mass in defense of our religous freedom?

    How powerful it would be to have ALL Catholics UNITIED, saying the SAME prayer, at all hours of the day, for the SAME intention!

  3. Matthew G. Zatkalik says:

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Sir, it is with great admiration and respect that I say thank you for recognizing the full constituency of those who object to our faith being cast aside so that we are forced to participate in passive and active forms of abortion being foisted upon our nation, its corporations, businesses and individuals. I thank God for you serving as a spokesman for those of us inside and outside the Roman Catholic Church. May God grant all of us the courage to stand against this assault against the faith of the American people.

  4. Irene says:

    Could you also advocate for those of us whose conscience dictates we not contribute to the wars in Afghanistan and Irag? I think that is more important than artificial contraception.

  5. Jack Mingo says:

    Based on your “principle”: if I decided to convert to Christian Science, I shouldn’t have to provide any health care at all to my employees.

    Please explain how this is any different.

  6. David says:

    I am disappointed that the Bishops still continue to oppose the administration’s repeated attempts at compromise on the question of contraception coverage. It’s particularly disappointing to see the Bishops sticking to the argument for an exemption for for-profit employers (the so-called Taco Bell exemption, named after a statement made by USCCB Associate General Secretary Anthony Picarello). Do the Bishops really want to make this particular argument? Such a religious liberty argument cannot be limited to the religious liberty of Catholic employers or non-Catholic employers who also oppose contraceptive coverage for their employees.

    If the Bishops are successful in making this case, what is to stop an employer who is a Jehovah’s Witness from denying coverage for blood transfusions for his or her employees, given that such transfusions are against the teachings of that faith? What is to stop a Christian Scientist employer from denying health care coverage to their employees altogether? For that matter, what is to stop a segregationist from making a religious liberty argument against serving minorities in his or her establishment?

    It’s a very slippery slope the Bishops are embarking on here. I would urge the Bishops to reconsider their continued opposition to the administration’s compromises on this issue.

  7. John Heverin, PhD. says:

    Thank you for your continued efforts!

  8. Mary Mahoney says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to Paul W, a reformed Presbyterian who wanted to point out that there are many Protestants who oppose Abortion and the HHS mandates. In the early years of this struggle after Roe v. Wade, and now, if we would enter a state legislature or other area of struggle, we would scan the room or rally and find you there. We learned to look for you, our Christian Brothers and Sisters, and took joy in your presence. It’s your fight, too, as you are saying. Thanks for making your voice heard on this issue. We are glad you are out there fighting the fight in places we can’t reach. God Bless you profoundly. And think of His Eminence Cardinal Dolan as a friend. He will profit from your prayers and ideas. In Christ, Mary

  9. Your Excellency:

    While the alarm has been sounded on the immorality of keeping our old health insurance under the new system, Pope Benedict XVI has given us two very good options: (1) Collaborate with one of the three Protestant health-sharing minsitries, or (2) Form our own “parish-based minsitries.”

    Asking Your Excellency’s Blessing,

    Donnie Schenck