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Sunday, July 22, 2018

E.J. Dionne wonders whether Catholic bishops are more interested in protecting religious freedom or attacking President Obama, in his column, “Catholicism Is Not The Tea Party At Prayer:”

When the Department of Health and Human Services initially issued rules requiring contraceptive services to be covered under the new health care law, it effectively exempted churches and other houses of worship but declined to do so for religiously affiliated entities such as hospitals, universities and social welfare organizations.

Catholics across the political spectrum — including liberals like me — demanded a broader exemption, on the theory that government should honor the religious character of the educational and social service institutions closely connected to faith traditions.