The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explains.
The Obama administration thumbed its nose at Catholics across the United States last week on birth control issues in a direct affront to religious freedom, Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said on Friday.
The administration did so when it upheld rules requiring employer health care plans to offer contraceptive and sterilization services at no cost to women, Zubik said.
In a letter posted on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's website, Zubik wrote: "The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, 'To Hell with you.' "
"I believe that religious liberty is being threatened by this mandate," Zubik said in a phone interview, insisting the church would never support it.KDKA-TV notes that the bishop refused to back down when interviewed by KDKA radio
“Bishop, don’t you inflame the situation by saying the administration is saying, ‘To Hell with you,’ the Catholic faithful of the United States, in your letter?” KDKA’s John Shumway asked Zubik on KDKA Radio Friday morning.
It appears the bishop's editorial has not yet been uploaded to the Pittsburgh Catholic Website. Once it is, I will update this post.
“All that I’m saying is that I hope it receives the attention that it deserves because that’s what it feels like,” said Zubik.