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ABSTRACTCatholic Charities Denies Endorsement Of Obama Administration's Contraceptive Coverage Policy | Fox News Skip to main content: Latino/SBC/Fox Business (Home/Slideshow/Interactive: Fox News/SBC/Latino/Fox Business) Skip to main content: Fox News/Fox Business (Article Page: Fox News/SBC/Latino/Fox Business) Fox News Digital Network   Fox News   Fox Business   uReport   Fox News Radio   Fox News Latino   Fox Nation   Fox News Insider Register Login Account You're logged in as Account Edit Profile Logout Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET Search Site On Air Now » Anchors and Reporters »   Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Entertainment SciTech Health Travel Leisure World Sports On Air Previous Slide Next Slide Special Report Weekdays 6p et Fox Report Weekdays 7p et The O'Reilly Factor Weekdays 8p et Hannity Weekdays 9p et On The Record Weekdays 10p et America Live Weekdays 1p et America's News HQ Weekends 12p et America's Newsroom Weekdays 9a et The Cost of Freedom Saturday 10a et The Five Weekdays 5p et Fox & Friends Weekdays 6a et Fox News Sunday Sunday 2p et Fox News Watch Saturday 2:30p et Geraldo at Large Weekends 10p et Happening Now Weekdays 11a et Huckabee Saturday 8p et The Journal Editorial Report Saturday 2p et Justice with Judge Jeanine Saturday 9p et Red Eye w/ Gutfeld Weekdays 3a et Studio B Weekdays 3p et War Stories Saturday 2a et Your World Cavuto Weekdays 4p et Politics Home Elections Executive Branch U.S. Senate House of Representatives State & Local Courts Pentagon Business Of Health Care Politics Catholic Charities denies endorsement of Obama administration's contraceptive coverage policy Published February 15, 2012 | FoxNews.com Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet AP A leading Catholic charity group wants the public to know it has not endorsed the Obama administration's latest policy requiring free contraceptive coverage for employees, despite "mischaracterizations in the media."  Catholic Charities USA has occasionally been cited as a supporter of the new policy, after the administration announced last week it would no longer require religious organizations to directly offer contraceptive coverage to workers. That's almost certainly because the White House listed the group on an official blog that cited "praise from a wide range of individuals and organizations" for the policy change.  Along with statements from Planned Parenthood and other supporters was a brief statement from Catholic Charities. The group said at the time that it "welcomes the administration's attempt to meet the concerns of the religious community" and looks forward to reviewing the final language. "We are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction," the group said.  But the organization has since posted a clarification on its website, after that statement was interpreted by some as an endorsement.  "We have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS mandate that was announced by the administration last Friday," the group said.  Rather, the group said it would "unequivocally share the goal" of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to "uphold religious liberty."  "Any representation to the contrary is false," Catholic Charities said.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voiced serious concerns with the new policy.  The policy change would let religious institutions decline to offer the coverage, but would require insurance companies to then offer that coverage directly to workers. Groups like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops want a broader exemption.  Conference head Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan said in an interview with The Association Press that U.S. bishops will work in support of legislation that would give any employer the ability to deny contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds. Related Stories Sebelius defends contraception rule in first appearance since Catholic Church backlash Related Video.......