The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the announcement Jan. 20 by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the health care reform law:
“I am deeply disappointed in a decision by the administration that will place many religious organizations of all faiths in an untenable position.
“This unnecessary intervention by the government into religion disregards our nation’s commitment to the rights of conscience and the longstanding work of religious groups to help build a more compassionate society and vibrant democracy. I find that profoundly troubling on many levels.
“Moving forward, we call for a national dialogue among religious groups, government and the American people to reaffirm our country’s historic respect for freedom of conscience and defense of religious liberty.”