9:45 AM EST, February 15, 2012
Rather than articulating why he opposes ArchbishopEdwin O'Brien's position on the contraceptive mandate imposed by theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, letter writer Edward McCarey McDonnell resorted to an ad hominem attack on the Cardinal-designate ("O'Brien letter a symptom of larger problem," Feb. 12).
The Archbishop is a mere mortal like the rest of us, but unlike most of us, he has dedicated his life in service to the people of Christ. He has provided courageous leadership amid enormous difficulties. The next time Mr. McDonnell feels tempted to walk out of church, I encourage him to act upon his instinct. Disagreeing with his church is his right.
Making a personal attack on the archbishop may also be his right, but in doing so he is fundamentally wrong.
Kevin O'Keefe, Baltimore
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