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    Church leaders act on values, rights in protesting Obama administration

    JAMES CARROLL’S Nov. 21 op-ed column “The Catholic Church sets foot in tricky waters’’ suggests that the church is participating in extremist counterculture activity by protesting recent actions of the Obama administration, particularly concerning certain Department of Health and Human Services regulations relative to providing mandatory abortions, contraception, and sterilization and the department’s so-called right-to-die policies.

    For nearly two millennia the Catholic Church has been speaking out on matters of faith, morals, and religion, all of which are of great concern to the church. Indeed, the church states that the duty to respect religious freedom requires that the political community guarantee the church the space needed to carry out its mission.

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