Archbishop Dolan slams Obama birth-control mandate

Fordham Law in New York Post, January 25, 2012

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Tuesday blasted President Obama’s health care policy forcing the Catholic Church to provide its employees with health insurance covering birth control. .

Dolan, who is set to become a Cardinal next month, was asked after a lecture at Fordham University Law School at Lincoln Center if he disagrees with Obama.

“You bet we got a disagreement,” Dolan said after the event called, “Law & the Gospel of Life.”

“The government doesn’t have the right to butt into the internal governance and teachings of the church,” he added.

The mandate by the feds is part of the health-care bill Obama signed in 2010. It means employers must cover the morning-after pill.

But Dolan said, “It’s not about contraception. It’s about the right of conscience.

“This is not a Catholic issue, it’s an American issue. We’re strong on this issue of conscience, and that’s what’s at stake here.”

Dolan also spoke about his mother being with him at the Vatican when he’s elevated to Cardinal.

“She’ll be there. I think I’m going with her — she’s running things.

“I’m the oldest of five so they’re all going to go and their spouses. It will be a great family reunion. I hope to introduce them to Pope Benedict.”