A Feb. 7 letter writer attempts to give the impression that the Obama administration is not attacking religious freedom.
The writer probably jumped for joy when prayer was removed from schools, and when Christ was removed from Christmas, as a good way to separate church and state. Yet, he has no problem when the Obama administration disregards 2,000 years of Catholic teaching and mandates contraception in Catholic institutions. He mentions that the church should follow the findings of a commission formed by Pope John XXIII and enter the 21st century. Complete baloney. He tried to make the reader think that Pope John XXIII condoned contraceptives. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In 1963, he established the Pontifical Commission on Birth Control because of the emergence of the first oral contraceptives. The commission started small but grew to 72; only 16 were theologians. He died that same year, before any reports were produced. His successor, Pope Paul VI explicitly rejected the commission's recommendations when he wrote "Humanae Vitae," reaffirming the Catholic teachings on birth control.
Let's see whether the letter writer is right that Catholics don't care about Catholic teachings. Fifty-four percent of Catholics voted for Obama in 2008, but will that happen again? They make up large portions of the populations in the swing states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Iowa and Florida.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that Catholics would just have to get over their conscience. I'm sure the letter writer would give a big "amen" to that.