The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a summation of their position regarding the HHS Mandate yesterday. The position paper dispels any rumors, reported in some media outlets, that the Catholic Bishops of the United States are weakening in their resolve to resist the mandate.
The summation provided by the USCCB is a succinct summary of their concerns that is well worth reading. The document makes it clear, contrary to memes promulgated by the Obama Administration and repeated throughout the mainstream media, that the Bishop’s resistance to the mandate is not an attempt to restrict access to contraception or seek legal restrictions in regards to its use. Nor is the Church forcing government to comply with their demands (in fact, it is an agency of the Federal government that is compelling the Church to act contrary to its beliefs and practices) or an example of the resistance of the Church to a comprehensive health care strategy for all Americans...
Yesterday evening, Father Barron and the Word on Fire team presented highlights of the CATHOLICISM
series, including the first segment of the comprehensive adult formation program and other supplementary materials, to a group of Bishops at the USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.
The presentation was well-received, and many of the Bishops present at the reception expressed interest in using CATHOLICISM
as a tool for catechesis and evangelization in their Dioceses. Look for the series and faith formation program at a parish near you next Fall, and please continue to spread the word about Father Barron's unprecedented "new evangelization" project.
Read more for photos of the event.