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Archbishop Chaput: HHS mandate debate is about religious liberty, not contraception

Archbishop Chaput: HHS mandate debate is about religious liberty, not contraception

From LifeSite News

Echoing the statements of Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George, who in February warned that the HHS birth control mandate will close Catholic hospitals and universities or force them to secularize, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a National Reviewinterview that the “mandate debate has serious implications,” and that “shutting down services is very much a possibility if the circumstances require it.”

“We can’t violate what we believe as Catholics in order to do good works as Catholics. That doesn’t make any sense,” Archbishop Chaput said.

Archbishop Charles Chaput

The bishop also said that “casting the struggle as a birth-control fight is just a shrewd form of dishonesty,” and that religious liberty is the real target of the Obama administration.

“The central issue in the HHS-mandate debate isn’t contraception,” the archbishop stated. “The central issue in the HHS debate is religious liberty.”

“The government doesn’t have the right to force religious believers and institutions to violate their religious convictions. But that’s exactly what the White House is doing.”

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