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Biden: contraceptive mandate mishandled, but 'compromise' is right

March 02, 2012

US Vice President Joseph Biden has conceded that the Obama administration “screwed up” in its handling of a mandate for contraceptive coverage, but insists that the “compromise” eventually offered by the White House resolves the problem.

The vice president said that the mandate should not have been issued without including some accommodation for religious institutions. But he said that the concession eventually promised to those institutions—which has not yet been unveiled—is the proper solution.

"The fact of the matter is, the ultimate resolution to this problem is where it should have been in the first place,” said Biden.

Biden, who is Catholic, said that he had been responsible for talking with representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) before the policy was originally announced. That admission could be damaging, since USCCB leaders say that they were not consulted before the first policy announcement.


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  • Posted by: dagbat - Mar. 03, 2012 6:06 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Bishops (USCCB) need to directly challenge these misguided renegade Catholic public figures. If these public leaders want to persist in their watered down Catholicism and public disagreement with fundamental Church teachings, then they should have to accept the consequences, that they are no longer considered Catholics in good standing. Let the USCCB counsel them in private, and if necessary give them a private and public verbal warning, but if all of these efforts fail, then the USCCB should take final action and deny them the sacraments, beginning with the right to take Holy Communion. Hopefully then they will realize the seriousness of their actions and on reflection decide to repent.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 03, 2012 7:59 AM ET USA

    It is what it is. And whatever it is- it's scary. And whaddayaknow- a "Catholic" is leading the charge.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Mar. 02, 2012 10:17 PM ET USA

    Until the bishops get serious about literally excomminicating these psuedo Catholic politicians and preaching the full Faith nothing will change. These "Catholics" in office know that they can get away with anything and everything and still be canonized at their funerals and recieve Communion on Sundays. The leadership of the Church has systematically failed to teach, govern and sanctify for almost 50 years now and the enemies know this, they have been watching very closely.

  • Posted by: impossible - Mar. 02, 2012 7:46 PM ET USA

    Let's not be having any carping about Joe Biden. After all it's a rare bishop who would deny him Holy Communion. He and the 13 Catholic Senators who voted against conscience rights - against religious freedom - are Catholics in good standing. What more can you ask?