September 23, 2013

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the Catholic Health Association’s acceptance of rules governing women’s access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act was “less than helpful” to the bishops’ effort to seek changes in the mandate.

“We have not, ourselves as bishops, been able to arrive at the same conclusion, that accommodation with HHS is that easy.

There’s no way that we’re ready to say that yet,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said at a news conference Sept. 11 after a two-day meeting of the USCCB’s administrative committee.

The contraceptive mandate remains a “high, high concern among the bishops,” he said.