My letter about the Catholic Church and insurance coverage for contraceptives prompted a number of letters in response.
One writer suggested that I didn't get the point of the bishop's message about infringement of religious freedom. Apparently the editors of "America," a Catholic Jesuit national weekly magazine, didn't get the point either when they stated in their March 5 editorial, "That opposition entails a difference over policy, not an infringement of religious liberty."
One has to be very naive to buy into the analogy made between this so-called religious freedom issue and the slaughter of 6 million Jews. "America" editors went a step further, stating, "It does a disservice to the victims of religious persecution everywhere to inflate policy difference into a struggle over religious freedom."
Other writers said they stood and clapped after the priest's speech. That always occurs at political rallies but rarely after a sermon. And I wonder if the writers were the ones who ridiculed some of their fellow parishioners who had exercised their religious freedom by not standing. Or if they were the ones who commented, "They must be Obama supporters."
President Barack Obama offered a reasonable solution that was at first acceptable to the bishops, but then rejected. Pressure from Republican politicians? I wonder. Whose religious freedom are we talking about anyway? The vast majority of Catholics have always ignored the church's teachings on birth control and also its position on gays.
Keep politics out of the pulpit and stay out of people's bedrooms.