LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Court, church, contraception

Posted 7/16/20

To the Editor: The Supreme Court of United States decision allowing religious exemptions for birth control coverage struck me deeply problematic. Why does the Catholic Church hold contraception as immoral when virtually all Catholics in the US use

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Court, church, contraception

Posted

To the Editor:

The Supreme Court of United States decision allowing religious exemptions for birth control coverage struck me deeply problematic.

Why does the Catholic Church hold contraception as immoral when virtually all Catholics in the US use contraception? It seems dangerous to base law on 'religion beliefs' that are completely ignored by members of the religion. The history of the stance by the Church opens with the 1930 Papal encyclical declared contraception immoral. That was reiterated in 1968, despite the Pope's own commission recommending otherwise. Why? To maintain the "infallibility" of the Pope (asserted in1870) past positions must be upheld. This history illustrates a common component of all systemic oppression. Certain ideas must be preserved no matter who suffers, even ideas that have no support within the very community that generated them. In this case, women are denied equal access to birth control to preserve the infallibility of the Pope.

Crazy that SCOTUS concurs.

Sean Hagberg

Cranston

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davebarry

Well Sean, you don't have to belong to the Holy Church. Nor be employed by it. Simple. It's none of your concern then. By the by, the current pope has already stated he is not infallible. Your argument smacks of anti-Catholic attitudes 'systemic' in this country.

Thursday, July 16, 2020