President Obama’s controversial mandate on contraception is making headlines across the nation, and the leader of Catholics in Connecticut is calling it a “war on religion.” Archbishop Henry Mansell is our guest this weekend on Face the State, and during the taping he laid out the church’s case against the federal government’s edict that Catholic organizations provide birth control to their employees.
Mansell explained why the church is against artificial birth control, and what negative impact the mandate would have on Catholic entities here in our state: Catholic Charities, St. Francis Hospital, Fairfield University, and more. Census figures show Connecticut to be one of the most Catholic states in America.
Mandell was highly critical of the mandate saying it “shows a terrible lack of feeling and a real knowledge of the issues.” I also asked him if felt Catholics will make their opinions known in the November election.
“I think it will have an effect, and enormous effect because this is fundamental in our lives our lives as citizens of the United States and as members of the Catholic church and other churches.” Mansell said the Archdiocese, which oversees the other two dioceses in Connecticut and the Diocese of Providence, has received an outpouring of support from other religious leaders in the state: Baptist, Jewish, and more. Mansell said those leaders fear they too could be impacted in the future, suggesting the Obama administration could implement mandates.
“If you are going to go this far to violate religious liberty there is no end to what you will do.”
During the interview we also talked about the Archbishop’s long conversation with a seemingly sympathetic Congressman John Larson.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am Catholic, went to Catholic school, and was even married by Archbishop Mansell’s predecessor, Archbishop Daniel Cronin.
You can watch the entire interview with Archbishop Mansell, this Sunday morning at 11 only on Face the State on Channel 3.
UPDATE: here is the interview http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6754727