The writer of a letter published Feb. 10 appears to have an ax to grind because he is having difficulty following the beliefs of the Catholic religion.
The church hierarchy, which includes the bishops, oppose the president's decision regarding birth control because they say it is against the principles of the Catholic religion. It is also unconstitutional. These bishops can only set forth the teachings and rulings of the church. They cannot force anyone to follow them, which explains why so many Catholics practice birth control rather than abstinence and yet still abide by other tenets of their religion.
No one is stopping these folks from purchasing contraceptives in their local pharmacies. People take it upon themselves to obey certain rules and regulations and ignore others. It is human nature to obey the easy rules and ignore the difficult ones. I think it is unconscionable for someone to blame his bishop for defending and upholding the commandments of the church against a political decision that makes little sense. It has nothing to do with the bishops' celibacy. The key word here is "free." The president wants someone else to pick up the tab for entitlement abusers.
If a similar mandate were aimed against any other religion, the leaders of that faith would take the same stand as the Catholic bishops. Whether you follow your religion to the letter or not, be honest and defend it against an administration that promotes excessive government control.
Sun City Hilton Head