From my post on DCRP website:
Liberals complain when the Church acts in the public square, tossing out the red herring “separation of church and state!" But they are perfectly happy to have the state compel the church to do what they want the church (and people of faith) to do.
This is another assault on the Constitution and the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.
The Catholic Church's Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan responded, “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences. Beginning August 1, 2012, the insurance premiums we pay, including the insurance premiums paid by Catholics for employees of churches and schools — will be used to cover drugs and procedures that are in direct conflict with the teachings of our Church."
Pope Benedict XVI addressed the bishops from the United States citing "grave threats" to the freedom of the Church in America, and urged the Catholic community to respond, especially with "an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity."
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called the federal regulation an “Unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom. The Obamacare regulation gives faith-based institutions, like Catholic universities and hospitals, the choice of violating the fundamental tenets of their faith by covering the federally mandated coverage in their employee health plans, or of dropping health insurance for their employees — in which case they would be fined for violating the employer mandate. It forces Catholic health plans to cover contraception, denies funds to Catholic adoption agencies, and ultimately by forcing taxpayers — including Catholics — to fund abortion. This is dangerous to the very fabric of our society. It’s a crucial reason why the whole health law, with its centralized control over health-care decisions, must not stand."
Some religious institutions said they would sooner close their doors than cover birth control, which they liken to abortion in some cases.
"What war and disease could not do to the congregation, the government of the United States will do," Nashville's Dominican congregation said. "It will shut them down."
Today marks exactly one year from Inauguration Day. In exactly 12 months, America will welcome a new president, or usher in four more years of Barack Obama and his assault on our liberties.