Xavier University president Fr. Michael Graham’s decision earlier this fall to reverse course and submit to Obama’s contraceptive, sterilization, and abortafacient mandate is now being picked by the national press. Here is the AP’s coverage:

CINCINNATI (AP) – A Catholic school that drew criticism when it announced plans to halt birth-control insurance coverage is still offering it.

Xavier University has continued offering insurance that covers contraceptives. A spokeswoman says the decision to continue came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld President Barack Obama’s health care legislation.

School president Michael Graham had said earlier this year that without a legal mandate, it was inconsistent for the school to cover drugs and procedures that the church opposes.

Graham remains critical of the requirement, saying religious institutions have never been asked to violate their consciences like that.

Some Xavier alumni had criticized Graham for playing politics on women’s health.

Inside Higher Ed reported Monday about Xavier’s policy, which Graham had discussed earlier in a recent Cincinnati Enquirer interview.

The story should provide local pastors with an opportunity to remind their flocks this weekend of the stakes of next Tuesday’s election, archdiocesan policy be damned.

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