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FPL-memo

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Thursday,June7,20122:43PM
Subject:RE:Backgrounder:CatholicBishops'ReligiousLibertyCampaignDate:Thursday,June7,20122:02PMFrom:To:CatholicLeague<cl@catholicleague.org>
FYI
From:
JohnGehring[mailto:JGehring@faithinpubliclife.org]
Sent:
Thursday,June07,201210:56AM
To:
Subject:
Backgrounder:CatholicBishops'ReligiousLibertyCampaign
DearAsreligiouslibertyeventsheatupacrossthecountry,IhavecompiledadetailedbackgrounderthatincludesquestionstoaskCatholicbishopsandrecommendationsforexpertstointerview.PleaseletmeknowifIcanbehelpfultoyouinthecomingweeks.Thanks,John
***FORBACKGROUNDPURPOSESONLY***
To:Reporters,Editors,ColumnistsFrom:JohnGehring,CatholicProgramDirector,FaithinPublicLife
(240-644-3712)
Re:Bishops'ReligiousLibertyCampaign,"FortnightforFreedomEvents"
Catholicbishops'nationalreligiouslibertycampaign<http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm>willreachahighpointwithtwoweeksof
"Fortnight
forFreedom<https://red001.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847b1e&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usccb.org%2fissues-and-action%2freligious-libertY%2ffortnight-for-freedom%2ffortnight-freedom-diocesan-activities.cfm>"eventsacrossthecountryfromJune21-July4.BishopswillalsomeetforanationalmeetingnextweekinAtlanta(June13-14)tostrategizeonreligiouslibertyissues.Giventhechargedpoliticalbackdropofthishigh-profileinitiative-fivemonthsbeforeapresidentialelectioninwhichCatholicswillbeswingvotersinkeystates-it'simportantthatjournalistscovering
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theseeffortsseparatefactfromfiction,askcriticalquestionsaboutthebishops'sweepingclaimsandhaveaccesstoCatholicexpertswhocanprovideclearanalysis.Thefollowingdocumentincludes:
I.What'sHappeningII.Factv.FictionIII.QuestionsforBishopsIV.SourcesforCommentaryWHAT'SHAPPENING
TheU.S.ConferenceofCatholicBishopshascreatedaparishbulletin<https://red001.maiI.microsoftonline.com/owa/red
i
r.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847b1e&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usccb.org%2fissues-and-action%2freligious-liberty%2fconscience-protection%2fupload%2fBW-USCCB-Conscience-Bulietin-lnsert_ENG.pdf>insertblastingtheObamaadministration'scontraceptioncoverageregulationsthatwillbedistributedinchurchesacrossthecountry.Thebulletinsituatesthebishops'campaigninthecontextoftheU.S.civilrightsmovementandreferencesRev.MartinLutherKing's"LetterfromaBirminghamJail."OneCatholicpriestinSanFranciscotoldhiscongregationthisis"ourRosaParksmoent<https://redOO1.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847b1e&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tnr.com%2fblog%2fthe-stump%2f100707%2fthe-catholic-churchs-rosa-parks-moment>."Bishopshavenotruledoutcivildisobedience.ParishionersareencouragedtowritetotheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServicesandCongresswithobjections.Prominentcardinalsandbishopswillhosttownhallforums<https://redOO1.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847b1e&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usccb.org%2fissues-and-action%2freligious-liberty%2ffortnight-for-freedom%2fupload
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%2fBoston-CatholicTV_LiveTownHaIIMeeting_withCardinaISeanO-Malley_June25at8pm.pdf>,presideoverIMasses<https://redOO1.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847ble&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usccb.org%2fnews%2f2012%2f12-087.cfm>inWashingtonandBaltimoreandareencouragingprieststoaddresstheissueofreligiouslibertyfromthepulpit.Tomorrow,June8,anumberofconservativegroupsarealsoorganizingStandupforReligiousFreedomrallies<http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/>incitiesacrossthecountry.
FACT
v.
FICTIONFiction:
Thereisa"waronreligion"anda"warontheCatholicChurch,"
SeveralbishopshaveusedinflammatoryandirresponsiblerhetoricthatconflatesaprocessofworkingthroughcomplexpolicyissueswithafundamentalattackontheCatholicChurch.AnIllinoisbishopcomparedObamaadministrationpoliciestothoseofHitlerandStalin<https://redOO1.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847ble&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.nbcchicago.com%2fnews%2f1ocal%2fPeoria-Bishop-Compares-Obama-to-Stalin-Hitler-148099495.html>.CardinalTimothyDolanofNewYork,presidentoftheU.S.ConferenceofCatholicBishops,claimstheadministrationis"stra<https://redOO1.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=42cb7b8aaa6e42f88f6eOacf07847ble&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cbsnews.com%2f8301-505267_162-57438959%2fdolan-white-house-is-strangling-catholic-church%2f>}/theCatholicChurch.BishopSalvatoreCordileoneofOaklandhasexpressedfearof"despotism<http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/blog/prominent-faith-Ieaders-theologians-celebrate-common-ground-solution-on-contraception-religious-liberty/>."
Fact:
InFebruary,theObamaadministrationspecificallyrespondedtoCatholicconcernsthatcontraceptioncoverageregulationsreleasedlastJanuarydidnotprovideadequateprotectionsbyproposingabroaderreligiousaccommodationthatmakessurenoreligiouslyaffiliatedinstitutionwillhavetopayforservicesthatviolateitsmoralbeliefsorevenreferemployeesforthiscoverage.TheCatholic
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