Bishop refuses to endorse speech by Network lobbyist at Catholic college
September 12, 2013
Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has informed his clergy that he does not approve of a speaking appearance at a local Catholic college by the head of the liberal lobbying group Network.
Sister Simone Campbell is scheduled to speak on September 12 at Mount Mary College on health-care policy. A supporter of President Obama’s health-care reform plan, which was opposed by the American Catholic bishops, she told reporters that opponents have misinterpreted the policy, and accused the bishops of spreading fear by their attempts to defeat the Obama plan.
In a letter to diocesan clergy, Bishop Swain said that the US bishops have opposed the health-care policy because it violates religious freedom. He said that he did not endorse the appearance by Sister Campbell.