FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2012, file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks to the press after prayer services at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee confirmed Wednesday, May 30, 2012, that it had a policy to pay suspected pedophile priests to leave the ministry. The policy was crafted by Dolan when he was Archbishop in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
BALTIMORE - A top Roman Catholic bishop says the church will never comply with the Obama administration mandate to provide birth control coverage in health insurance.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says the bishops are open to talking with U.S. officials. But Dolan says bishops will continue to challenge the requirement in legislatures and in court. Dolan spoke yesterday in Baltimore at a bishops' conference.
Houses of worship are exempt from the birth control rule, but religiously affiliated hospitals and nonprofits aren't. Dozens of Catholic dioceses and charities are suing over the mandate.
The Obama administration has offered an accommodation, but many religious leaders say that so far, it isn't workable.
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