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HARTFORD – For the second time this month, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell is asking priests of the archdiocese to use their pulpits to urge parishioners to voice opposition to the new federal health insurance mandate.

In a letter sent by postal and e-mail Feb. 22, the archbishop asked priests to insert a fact sheet about the health insurance mandate in their parish bulletins.

The mandate requires Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, medications that induce abortions and sterilization, all of which violate the Church’s moral teaching.

"Enclosed also is a copy of a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop William Lori concerning the health insurance mandate coming from the Federal Offices. You may find it helpful in speaking to your parishioners concerning this very important issue, especially as it relates to religious liberty," the letter said.

"I encourage you to speak out on this matter, underscoring the critical importance of this matter at this time in the history of the United States," the archbishop added.

To read the fact sheet, click here.

The archbishop has been relentless in speaking out against the mandate in a number of public forums, including in his monthly column in The Catholic Transcript, and as a guest on radio and television programs. To hear a podcast of his Feb. 23 appearance on WSDK 1550 AM radio, click here.


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.