Regarding L. Brent Bozell III’s May 26 letter, “About that Catholic spring . . .
Mr. Bozell wrote that “every single” bishop opposes the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate. It is true that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposed the original mandate when it was first announced last winter. However, there is more to the story.
Numerous Catholic individuals and groups also opposed the original mandate, including my organization. The Obama administration quickly responded by issuing an accommodation that addressed the substance of the concerns about conscience protections. My organization and others praised the accommodation, and we support ongoing negotiations as details are worked out.
There is also no denying that many Catholics believe that the bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the timing of the recent lawsuits have more to do with politics than faith. Not everyone is on board.
Stephanie Niedringhaus, Washington
The writer is communications coordinator for the Catholic social justice advocacy organization Network.