HHS Update and Bulletin Inserts from Bishop DiLorenzo

As recently as ten years ago, a majority of American bishops would have been grateful from the Obama administration’s “compromise.” Times have changed.

TO:  All Priests, Permanent Deacon, Seminarians, Religious, Pastoral Ministers, Parish & Diocesan Staff Members:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared the attached updated (English and Spanish) Bulletin Inserts that address the Obama Administration’s final HHS rule of February 10. The final rule maintained in place the same broad mandate and same narrow exception, “without change,” as the rule itself states.

There is much confusion among Catholic individuals and organizations as to what was offered by the President as a proposed accommodation and what can be accepted based on what the President has said. The Bulletin Insert attempts to provide concise answers to those questions and animate the faithful to contact Congress for corrective legislation.

We are happy to make these resources available in “Word” and “PDF” format (PDF only posted online).  I encourage you to distribute the Bulletin Insert and the Cover Note to Leaders (English and Spanish) to your parishes and Catholic organizations and agencies as quickly as possible. Even if legislation should change, the action site noted on the Bulletin Insert can change quickly to adapt to that fact.

 More information can be found at www.usccb.org/conscience. Thank you for your support and God bless you in these important efforts.

 Sincerely yours in Our Lord, +Francis X. DiLorenzo Bishop of Richmond

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