Connecticut bishops claim bias in state legislature
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Connecticut’s three Catholic bishops said Wednesday they believe the Church is under fire in the state legislature, where there have been efforts to require Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception for rape victims, reported the Associated Press.

More than 500 people attended Catholic Day at the Capitol, along with Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport and Bishop Michael Cote of Norwich.

In his address, Archbishop Mansell did not accuse specific legislators of being anti-Catholic but said he believes that “Catholic bashing” is on the increase and that there is an abortion-rights agenda behind the emergency contraception bill.

“We have to see the agenda beneath the agenda,” the archbishop was quoted as saying. “Many would like to see Catholic services and the Catholic Church go away.”

A bill that would have required all hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims died in the Public Health Committee last month after the panel ran out of time to act.

But last week, a version of the legislation reappeared in the Democrats’ spending bill, which sets aside $5 million in energy assistance for hospitals that provide rape victims with emergency contraception. Archbishop Mansell said the move “could be seen by many as extortion.”
The AP reported that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell said it is doubtful the provision will be part of the final budget, which must be negotiated between the majority Democrats in the legislature.

The archbishop said he was willing to meet with legislators to discuss the issue, but said the Catholic Church will not compromise on its position.

In January, Archbishop Mansell directed Connecticut’s four Catholic hospitals to establish a policy of not prescribing Plan B if a rape victim is ovulating or one of her eggs has been fertilized. The policy was modeled after one in Peoria, Ill.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 30, 2015

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:26-34


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:26-34