Sioux Falls Bishop Criticizes College Speaker
by Associated Press
September 12, 2013 6:10 AM
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls has sent a letter to clergy saying he isn't endorsing a nun's speech at a private Catholic college in Yankton.
Sister Simone Campbell is speaking Thursday night at Mount Marty College. She is the director of a Catholic social justice education and lobbying group, and an outspoken supporter of the new federal health care law.
Campbell said that many Catholics have misunderstood the law's mandate that most health plans have to cover birth control for women as a preventive service, free of charge.
Bishop Paul Swain says in his letter that the law doesn't protect religious liberty, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes it.