Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said on Sunday that he was heartened that the White House was paying attention to his church’s objections to a new national policy on birth control coverage, but remained opposed to a policy that requires insurers to pay for contraception for employees of Catholic institutions.

Using more conciliatory language than that in a statement the bishops’ conference had issued late Friday, Archbishop Dolan said in a brief interview that “there are so many unanswered questions” regarding the compromise, and that it was “too early for us to give a judgment one way or the other.”

Archbishop Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, made his comments shortly after as he arrived at Fiumicino airport on Sunday afternoon for a week of celebrations that will culminate with his elevation to cardinal.

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