Catholic Charities organizations stand in solidarity with US Conference of Bishops

Catholic Charities organizations have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS mandate and stand in solidarity with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

February 17, 2012

Released by: Tracy Morrison, Executive Director Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque

Over the past few days, there has been a storm of discussion regarding misrepresentations, primarily from White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, regarding Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) misinterpreted “support” of the President’s revised policy regarding providing heath insurance coverage for birth control to the employees of religious institutions. The revision now states that Catholic institutions do not have to provide the coverage, but insurance companies do.  We have been receiving phone calls from upset supporters due to these misrepresentations and want to take this opportunity to clarify the position of Catholic Charities.

The misrepresentations circled around a brief statement from Catholic Charities USA that it “welcomes the administration’s attempt to meet the concerns of the religious community” and looks forward to reviewing the final language.” “We are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction,” the group said.  This statement was misinterpreted by some as an endorsement.

Following many misrepresentations and undeserved criticism of this initial statement, CCUSA released a new statement February 15:

“In response to a great number of mischaracterizations in the media, Catholic Charities USA wants to make two things very clear:

  1. We have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS mandate that was announced by the Administration last Friday.
  2. We unequivocally share the goal of the US Catholic bishops to uphold religious liberty and will continue to work with the USCCB towards that goal.

Any representation to the contrary is false.”