Bishop Robert Lynch said the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla., will no longer provide health insurance to its employees unless changes are made to the federal health care law, according to TampaBay.com.
This would mean that the diocese's 2,300 employees would be given a cash allowance to buy their own insurance.
The bishop made the statement Wednesday at an annual mass for the legal community in Tampa, according to the St. Petersburg Times, which quoted him as saying that the church must take a stand for "religious liberty and individual moral conscience."
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