In his letter on the Catholic Church's response to the administration's stance on insurance coverage for contraceptives, a recent letter writer certainly comes through as an angry Catholic or ex-Catholic, whichever he currently avows to be, who strikes out with a cynical cheapshot. He tries to reinforce his comments with some misleading statements.
First, this whole issue has nothing to do with infallibility. Second, if one studies Pope John XXIII's Commission on Contraception, one also needs to read Pope Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae. He was the one who was responsible for dealing with the recommendations of that commission. While I am not here to defend his decision, I do know that he was a highly respected prelate who clearly spelled out why he decided to follow the recommendations of the minority.
This matter of coverage for contraception is a controversial issue, pitting the rights of a religious group against the rights of those with opposing moral beliefs. Flippant, prejudicial and ill-founded comments only detract from the discussion at hand.
Donald J. Carek
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