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"Standing firm" Continued...

CCCU president Paul Corts wrote that the structure of the regulation "puts the federal government in the position of determining the sincerity of the religious commitment of various groups." (Download a PDF of the CCCU's letter.)

The administration in its proposed regulation, argued, "Whether an employer is designated as 'religious' for these purposes is not intended as a judgment about the mission, sincerity, or commitment of the employer."

The bishops in their Wednesday pronouncement thanked "those who have stood firmly with us," citing Catholics as well as "our ecumenical and interfaith allies," legal scholars, and civic leaders. "It is your enthusiastic unity in defense of religious freedom that has made such a dramatic and positive impact in this historic public debate," they wrote.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emzleb.

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