The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bishops won't support repeal

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said in January they won't join efforts to repeal the federal health-care law, even though they opposed the bill last year after concluding it permits federally funded abortions.

Instead of pushing repeal, the bishops said they will devote their energy "to correcting serious moral problems in the current law," according to a letter sent to Capitol Hill.

The position lets the bishops avert another clash with Roman Catholic health-care workers and nuns, who had bucked the hierarchy by publicly backing the bill, disagreeing with the bishops' interpretation of the abortion provision.


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