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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administration’s policy on contraception was “a dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal life” of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling.
“Face the Nation,” Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administration’s policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception. Dolan had led the Church’s effort against the regulation, which resulted in what the administration thought was an accommodation to concerns that it was unduly burdening religious groups opposed to birth control.
“We still find ourselves in a tough spot,” he said.
“We didn’t ask for the fight, but we’re not going to back away from it,” Dolan added.
The regulation, issued as part of the implementation of the 2010 healthcare law, does not require religious organizations to provide or pay for contraception coverage, but it mandates that insurance companies cover contraception if the group claims an exemption.