Top Bishop: Obama Mandate “Strangling” the Catholic Church

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2012   |   1:55PM   |   Washington, DC

The president of the nation’s conference of Catholic bishops says the Obama HS mandate is “strangling” the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” that the so-called accommodations for religious groups in the mandate don’t do much to protect them from being forced to pay for birth control or abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

“They tell us if you’re really going be considered a church, if you’re going to be really exempt from these demands of the government, well, you have to propagate your Catholic faith and everything you do, you can serve only Catholics and employ only Catholics,” Dolan said.

“We’re like, wait a minute, when did the government get in the business of defining for us the extent of our ministry,” Dolan said.

Dolan also criticized Georgetown University’s decision to invite pro-abortion Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak to graduates.

“Well, I do think that’s a problem. Georgetown is the oldest Catholic university in the country. Part of Catholic identity is to be in union with the bishops,” Dolan said.

“When they would invite someone that is so dramatically at odds with one of the central tenets of the faith, that does bother us,” Dolan said.