Three years ago, President Obama gave the University of Notre Dame’s
commencement address, pleading for common ground with Catholics on
thorny issues and vowing to seek a “sensible conscience clause” for
doctors and nurses who oppose abortion out of religious objections.
then, however, relations have fizzled, to the point that Notre Dame and
dozens of other Catholic institutions sued the Obama administration
last week arguing that its new health-care rules infringe on religious
liberty by forcing schools and charities to pay for contraception, which
the church teaches is immoral.
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