Letters & Op-Eds 2014

Our bishops out of touch with everyday Catholics

I very much appreciated Peggy Hanna’s response to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s draconian morality clause. (“Morality clause has nothing to do with morals,” April 1). It encapsulates what it means to be Catholic in America today, where our bishops are out of touch with the everyday lives of Catholics. We know that 99 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used a form of birth control banned by the Vatican. We know that Catholics are gay and lesbian and that Catholics have abortions at the same rate as other Americans. The bishops have clearly failed to convince Catholics to conform to their ultraconservative interpretations of the teachings on sex, sexuality and reproductive health. These morality clauses are just one more thinly veiled attempt to impose rules that are already being ignored by faithful Catholics in the pews. Employees at Catholic institutions – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – must be able to follow their own consciences when it comes to moral decision-making, not the dictates of the bishops.

Jon O’Brienpresident, Catholics for Choice

This letter was originally published by the Cincinnati Enquirer.