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Utah bishop criticizes Maureen Dowd column

May 31, 2012

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City has criticized a recent Maureen Dowd column on the bishops’ reaction to the HHS mandate.

“In an effort to make a case against the Church’s objection to the Health and Human Services mandate requiring most religious institutions to offer contraception within their health insurance policies, Dowd ignores complicated First Amendment issues and Church teaching to try to paint the Catholic Church as anti-women and abusive,” writes Bishop Wester. “Unfortunately, a column that was ostensibly about a relevant issue ended up as nothing more than a rambling attack on the Catholic Church.”

“Despite Dowd’s unsubstantiated assertions that the Catholic Church is trying to impose its beliefs on others, the situation is actually the reverse,” Bishop Wester added. “The Church is practicing its faith within its institutions--it is HHS that is intruding on the manner in which this is done. HHS is imposing its definition of religion on the Church and requiring that specific insurance provisions be offered to employees at Church institutions.”


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  • Posted by: mrschips19308196 - May. 31, 2012 11:04 PM ET USA

    I feel anti-woman least toward "women" such as Maureen Dowd. Especially since the reverse is true.

  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 31, 2012 10:57 AM ET USA

    This headline and another just down the page about the new chief priestess of the SEIU have a common disturbing theme:Catholic women with Catholic university educations who have important jobs and who appear to be energized by their hatred of the Church. Does this meme commend them to the Liberal power culture? Is there something wrong with the way women are taught in Catholic universities?