Obama Hands GOP a ‘Golden Opportunity’ to Win Back the Catholic Vote in 2012

CHICAGO – CatholicVote.org, a leading national grassroots Catholic advocacy organization, denounced President Barack Obama’s refusal to allow any meaningful religious exemption from his administration’s contraception mandate.

CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius:

“Barack Obama ignored the pleas of millions of Catholics, including the United States Bishops, the President of Notre Dame, and even Sr. Carol Keehan, his biggest Catholic supporter. President Obama’s stubborn refusal to allow a religious exemption from his onerous and unneeded contraception and abortion drug mandate is not only unconstitutional, it’s bad politics. Catholic bishops across the country have repeatedly asked President Obama not to force Catholic hospitals and schools to pay for medicines and procedures that the Church considers to be unethical and immoral. Catholics will now be forced to violate their consciences or stop providing health insurance altogether.

“It’s hard to believe that on this date, exactly one year from next year’s inauguration, President Obama would hand the Republican Party a golden opportunity to focus on religious liberty and win back the Catholic vote it lost in 2008. The only question is: Will the Republican presidential nominee seize the opportunity?”




  • Mal

    Freedom of conscience is a fundamental right. Destroy it, and you will destroy religion. Marxists did this in the USSR and China. They are at it in the usa and Europe. Yes, how one vote is extremely important for the future of the American society.

  • deaver

    we may be the only bible someone will read Morals is another thing the Catholics need lessons on Gremwich has gotten away and catholics applad him Adultry is still adultry.

  • Fr. Frank

    I truly wish this could be a golden opportunity to recapture the Catholic vote, but I don’t believe it will be. A majority of us voted for BO in ’08, and current polls seem to indicate that a majority of Catholics plan to again. The vast majority of our people use birth control and do not want to see abortion banned in the US. The reason we look and sound like the rest of our nation is that a majority of Catholics are, for all practical purposes, lapsed. Too many of us are Catholic by default, rather than by conviction. If half of US Catholics truly believed the Faith we profess, Obamacare would never have passed in the first place. BO would not have been president, and we would not have elected legislators that would have passed it.

    For American Catholics to bring about any changes for the good, many, many more of us are going to have to convert our hearts, souls, lives, and priorities to Christ and His Church.

    • lisag

      I agree with Frank. I think many Catholics in the pews do use birth control. There may only be a handful of large families in any particular parish. Hence the proof. If now they could get contraception at no cost in our cash strapped economy, they will not complain. It is just another way to hook people onto the government. As far as abortion goes just think of how many Downs babies you’ve seen lately at your local parish.

  • Gerard from Illinois

    Not only has Obama given the GOP a golden opportunity, but when arguments against Obamacare are being made to the Supreme Court lawyers for our side can use this as a prime example of why Obamacare is unconstitutional at its core.

  • liz

    to Jay Junk – Natural Family Planning is NOT covered by insurance. We have to pay out of pocket. Why is it not mandatory for insurance to cover NFP if they cover contraception and sterilization?

    This situation was prophesied by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae in 1968 when he said, “Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone.”

    This teaching has largely been rejected by Catholics. The question is will Catholics stand up now and fight for their beliefs or let our government impose laws which violate moral law and the Constitution. What’s next, forced sterilization or abortion as in China?

  • Gene Firn

    Is it any wonder that Catholics are ignorant about the rationale behind the Church’s stand on contraception/sterilization? Abortion has been talked about. That is good, but, the only thing we have heard in too many parishes about these teachings has been the crickets chirping. How many priests and religious have come out against these teachings and nothing has been done about it? Public CINO officials (catholic in name only) get away with advocating policies that are immoral and against Church teaching without any consequences. Whatever “pastoral outreaches” to these officials that have happened since Roe v Wade became law have not worked. Maybe there should be a change after almost 40 years, ya think? Things do need to change. This decision is a huge wake-up call.

    • Bruce

      Agreed. It is high time to call sin “sin,” and that means contraception and cohabitation. Yes, homosexual activity and abortion are sinful, but those are “easier” for many Catholics to talk about, because the former is comprised of 1% of the population and the latter is so awful. Cohabbing and contraception, however, are sins practiced by a great deal of people – so there is fear of offending (which is a sin as well). Pray for priests and laity with backbones.



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