2:15 PM EST, February 13, 2012
What a surprise: The Sun's editorial board and op-ed writers are slamming the courageous, committed leader of the Roman Catholic Church in our archdiocese ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 8).
Why? Because, it would seem, birth control is an absolute good, pregnancy is unhealthy for women and children, and most Catholics — we are told — don't agree with the Church's view on contraceptives anyway.
Let's imagine for a moment that the religious leader speaking out were neither Catholic nor Christian. The editorial board would take a very different stance.
This, however, is a nation founded on religious freedom, where the views of the minority are protected —unless that minority is Roman Catholic.
It's fine to be outraged that a breast cancer foundation stops sending a paltry amount to the nation's largest provider of abortions. But apparently it's not acceptable for a church leader to fight for religious freedom and freedom of conscience on an issue that is fundamental to Church teachings.
Thank you,Archbishop O'Brien. Baltimore Catholics are so fortunate to have a leader who takes a stand that reflects the courage of the Founding Fathers of our nation. Not only faithful Catholics, but all Americans should appreciate the battle you have undertaken.
Rita Buettner, Catonsville
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