Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan on Tuesday objected to one of President Barack Obama's health care policies that will require most insurance plans, including those provided to employees at Catholic hospitals, colleges, and charities, to provide free contraceptives for women. NY1’s Josh Robin filed the following report.
The speech on religion and law came at an appropriate time.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan is railing at a new Obama administration policy on health care and contraceptives.
"You bet we got a disagreement," said Dolan.
The policy requires most health insurance plans to cover free contraceptives for women.
The White House turned down Catholics' request for exemptions for insurance provided to employees of Catholic hospitals, colleges and charities.
It has given them another year to comply. Churches themselves are exempt, but that’s not good enough according to Dolan, who added that his opposition has supporters of different faiths.
"They would say that the government does not have the right to butt into the internal governance and teaching of the church, which is what these mandates threaten to do," said Dolan.
Obama argues the policy balances women's health care and religious freedom.
Dolan's speech at Fordham attacked a so-called culture of death, of abortion and delayed parenthood.
Some in the audience felt his question and answer session avoided uncomfortable subjects.
Student Bridgette Dunlap said some wanted to ask about abortion and same-sex marriage.
"I think it dishonors our law school to say we're going to have an event where we won't take any pointed questions,” said Dunlap.
Fordham said it had nothing to do with the Q&A—that was the job of the question-taker, who declined to speak on camera.
This week, Dolan will travel with dozens of other priests from the New York Archdiocese in the Middle East. The elevation ceremony, when he becomes a cardinal, is February 18 in Vatican City.
"I don't want you to get any ideas, Archbishop Dolan,” said Reverend Joseph McShane, president of Fordham University, “but it certainly has a nice ring to it."