Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2012 / 16:25 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan joined more than 500 university presidents, academics and religious leaders in a letter denouncing President Obama's contraception mandate “accommodation.”
The letter, released Feb. 14 with the title “Unacceptable,” characterizes the administration's proposed accommodation as a “cheap accounting trick” that insults the intelligence of Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and other believers.
Cardinal Dolan, who serves as Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. bishops' conference, joined other signers from numerous religious and political perspectives.
The Becket Fund, which released the letter and is fighting the mandate in court, said the letter is “an unprecedented coming together of people to defend religious liberty and the rights of conscience against a deeply misguided and unjust governmental action.”
The Obama administration announced on Feb. 10 that insurance companies, rather than religious employers, must provide coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs.