Weekly Religion News with new survey results on the mandate for employers to cover birth control in health insurance packages, "The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie" by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, Dana Wilerson and John Perry and more.
Amid the controversy over the Obama administration’s mandate that employers provide health insurance covering contraception and birth control at no cost to employees, a new national survey finds that nearly six-in-ten (58 percent) Catholic Americans generally support this requirement. A majority (55 percent) of all Americans also support the requirement.
The new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that a slim majority (52 percent) of Catholics also believe that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should have to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost. Among Catholic voters, however, only 45 percent support this requirement, while 52 percent oppose it.
“Catholics, like other Americans, generally support requiring employers to provide health care plans that cover birth control at no cost, and they make clear distinctions between two kinds of religious exemptions that have been at the heart of the controversy,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO. “While 6-in-10 Catholics agree that churches and other places of worship who mainly employ people of their own faith should be exempt, Catholics are more divided about whether the exemption should apply more broadly to religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals.”
The majority of both Catholics and Americans support an exemption from the mandate for places of worship.
Here are some more findings from the study:
- Like other religious groups, a strong majority of all Catholics (59 percent), Catholic voters (68 percent) and white Catholics (72 percent) say that churches and other places of worship should not be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception.
- Nearly 6-in-10 (57 percent) of Americans agree that churches should not be required to provide contraception coverage. Less than 4-in-10 (36 percent) say that they should be required to do so.
Week in Religion
Feb. 8, 1865, birth of Lewis E. Jones, American YMCA director.
Feb. 9, 1537, Pope Paul III routes Cardinal Pole to England.
Feb. 10, 1899, the Church of England first authorized use of the 1885 English Revised Version of the Bible in Anglican liturgy and worship.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
'The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie' by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, Dana Wilerson and John Perry
Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident. And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again.
-- B&H Publishing Group
Quote of the week
"We are tempted to despair of our world. Remind us, O Lord, that Thou hast been facing the same thing in all the world since time began." -- Peter Marshall, U.S. Senate Chaplain
National Association of Evangelicals: The leading national fellowship of evangelical denominations, churches, organizations and individuals. Founded in 1942, it focuses on public witness and cooperative ministry among evangelicals. It includes 60 denominations along with other organizations and represents 30 million members.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Romania (2002 census)
Eastern Orthodox: 86.8 percent
Protestant: 7.5 percent
Roman Catholic: 4.7 percent
Other: 0.9 percent
None: 0.1 percent
- CIA Factbook
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