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ABSTRACTCardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan: President Barack Obama Needs To Stop 'Intruding Into Internal Life Of Church' « CBS New York 61° Buy Tickets Order Food More Channels Buy Tickets Order Food Your Home Daily Deals 40% off at Brooklyn Fencing Center Buy Team Gear New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champs 17oz. Mixing Glass Events Pitbull Facebook Twitter Follow Us Home News Sports Best Of NY Events Health Video Audio Traffic Weather Directory Deals Autos News Home New York New Jersey Connecticut Business Health Entertainment Photo Galleries Text Alerts GOP Primary: Updates and results from Tuesday night's races in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C.   News Cardinal-Designate Dolan: President Obama Needs To Stop ‘Intruding Into Internal Life Of A Church’ Contraception Issue Just Won't Die Down, Much To White House's Chagrin February 8, 2012 11:50 PM Share this 869 comments More Activity Facebook Activity Archbishop Timothy Dolan (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Filed under Health , Local , News , NY News , Politics , Radio.com - News , Syndicated Local , Watch + Listen Related tags Archbishop Timothy Dolan , birth control , Catholic League , Contraception , House Speaker John Boehner , Marcia Kramer , Mitt Romney , morning-after pill , President Barack Obama Check Out Celeb Train Wrecks Dead Or Alive? Better With Age Notable Deaths 2012 Conservative Celebs Separated At Birth NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a sharp rebuke Wednesday from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan that put even more pressure on the president to calm a widening election year uproar. The issue at hand was the president’s insistence that Catholic institutions provide free birth control to their employees. Dolan came to the South Bronx to bless a library, but he had no blessings — just harsh words — for President Barack Obama, who wants Catholic institutions to pay for birth control, the morning after pill and other services for people who work for them . “The federal government should do what it’s traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church,” Dolan told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer. The leader of the New York Archdiocese picked up support from Speaker John Boehner, who said either Obama reverses the policy or the House will. “The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said. The attacks left the White House foundering . It wants to find some way to calm Catholic opposition, but will not back down on the policy, itself. “I want to be clear today that the commitment to insuring the women have access to these important health care services remains very strong,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said. And there are many others who are falling into line behind the president, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, reports CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez. “The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman, not her boss,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “It’s time to tell those Republicans mind you’re own business,” Sen. Lautenberg said. It has been suggested that one avenue of compromise could include granting leeway for a church-related organization not to cover birth control, but refer employees to another insurer that will provide the coverage. Dolan would not comment on that proposal but said, “I would welcome the fact that officials of the government are saying we need to rethink that.” The Catholic Church is still developing its strategy on how to deal with the issue. Dolan met Wednesday with members of the Catholic League and other organizations. Sources told Kramer a massive march on Washington is one of the possibilities. The issue has also exploded on the campaign trail and in Washington. Carney made the unusual move of calling Mitt Romney by name, charging it is “ironic” for him to be against the policy, since as Massachusetts governor he presided over a similar one. Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below … Share this 869 comments More Activity Facebook Activity 869 Comments jorge lavanderia Stop referring to this as being about birth control. Obama and his ilk include early abortions under “birth control.” A critical journalist worth his salt would do some research and point this out. That’s part of his job. What a buch of hack “journalists” recycling Obama talking points. Birth control my eye. It’s about mainstreaming abortion by calling it birth control. They know that if they called it what it is, not only Catholics would be offended. But they call it “birth control” and everyone yawns. They came for the Catholics and I said nothing because I’m no stupid Catholic anti-birth control nut. Th.......