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Church is attacking on HHS mandate, says Boston Globe columnist

February 02, 2012

In a remarkable reversal of most other analyses, columnist Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe argues that in a confrontation over mandated coverage of contraception in health-care policies, it is the Catholic Church that has launched an attack on President Obama. Vennochi dismisses the idea that the Obama mandate is a violation of religious liberty. “Obama isn’t trying to regulate religion or undermine Catholicism,” she argues. “He’s telling Catholic leaders they can’t regulate the beliefs of those of other faiths.” The Globe columnist claims that by declining to provide contraceptive coverage, the Church is imposing Catholic beliefs on non-Catholics.

Vennochi says that the arguments raised by American Catholic bishops against the presidential mandate are both inaccurate and unfair. “The president should be ready for the fight, knowing that on this one he is right,” she says. The columnist identifies herself as a Catholic.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 04, 2012 10:11 PM ET USA

    Calling evil good and good evil is nothing new for the Boston Globe.