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4/22/2012 9:59:00 AM
Physical health can't trump moral health
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Dan Cumberledge, a parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brockport, N.Y., holds a rosary and a sign as he takes part in a local event outside the Federal Building in Rochester, N.Y., March 23.
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Dan Cumberledge, a parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brockport, N.Y., holds a rosary and a sign as he takes part in a local event outside the Federal Building in Rochester, N.Y., March 23.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

Many people of faith have spoken out against the HHS mandate, a blatant intrusion upon our religious liberty.

In his letter to the Sentinel, Timothy Smith states that the bishops don’t speak for him on contraception.  Until Mr. Smith is appointed bishop or elected Pope, he cannot speak for the church. The church is not a democracy. The bishops and the Pope speak on faith and morals.  Contraception is a moral issue.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan met with the president who assured the churchman that he would be pleased with the government’s new policy. The “accommodation” that was later announced shows Mr. Obama’s proficiency in double-speak.  Mr. Smith states that 98 percent of Catholic women use contraception. This misinformation stems from a study by the research arm for Planned Parenthood, which should give you pause as to its validity.

Mr. Smith says he supports health care. I don’t know how contraception, which has contributed to breast cancer, suicide, and depression can be considered as health care.

I support health care, but physical health cannot trump spiritual moral health. We must work for both in our society.

Chris Hainley Sr.
Springfield





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