November 9, 2012 — The Vatican on Wednesday in a private letter to President Obama emphasized the differences between the positions of the Catholic Church and his administration on abortion and contraception, Reuters reports.
The Vatican wrote that it hoped Obama would act "in respect of the essential human and spiritual values and the promotion of the culture of life and freedom of religion, which have always been so precious in the traditions of the American people and their culture," according to a spokesperson.
Reuters notes that the phrase "culture of life" often is used to refer to the church's opposition to abortion rights.
The Catholic Church also opposes the federal requirement under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) that most employers' health plans cover contraceptives. The University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of New York and other institutions affiliated with the church have filed more than 20 lawsuits against the requirement (Pullella, Reuters, 11/7).
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