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George’s letter to be read despite Obama’s birth control ‘compromise’

Updated: March 13, 2012 10:39AM

Local Catholics attending Mass on Sunday will hear Cardinal Francis George take issue with President Barack Obama’s controversial birth-control insurance coverage policy despite the president’s “compromise.”

The letter from George to be read at all Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago is dated Feb. 5.

But it has not been updated since the president on Friday backed down from his stance asking all employers, including organizations tied to religious groups, to pay for insurance plans that include free coverage of contraceptives.

The archdiocese on Saturday said George asked late Friday to make sure parishes and pastors read the same letter, with no changes.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has continued its efforts to change the mandate, which they say violates religious liberty by imposing a burden on the “consciences of those who consider such ‘services’ immoral.”

Contributing: AP

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