Feb 24, 2012 / 04:03 am
A group of women religious' approval of the contraception mandate compromise plays into President Obama's “transparent tactic” of dividing the Church, says a Catholic healthcare CEO.
Kevin Leahy, president and CEO of the Indiana-based Franciscan Alliance, told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that it has done “irreversible” damage to the Catholic Church over its support for the compromise.
In a Feb. 14 statement to Sr. Annmarie Sanders, IHM – the group's director of communications – Leahy said the conference cannot sincerely believe that the administration “offered an acceptable compromise to religious groups.”
“Undoubtedly, the president's news conference was cleverly staged to divide and conquer,” Leahy said, adding that the group “has taken his bait and is now trying to convince others that his ruse contains a thread of legitimate compromise – it does not.”