Letters & Op-Eds 2001
New York Times

Bishops’ Blind Spot

To the Editor:

Re: “Nuts and Bolts vs. Holiness as the Bishops Meet in Rome” (news article, October 21):

The world’s Roman Catholic bishops may have a month to spend discussing the relative urgency of modifying the chain of command in the church or calling the faithful to holiness; the world’s women, however, have more pressing needs.

It is no secret inside or outside the Vatican that church prohibitions on contraception, condoms and safe legal abortion hurt the poorest of the poor – the very people the church calls on the world to help.

For bishops to meet and ignore these life-and-death issues is mind boggling.

During the bishops’ month in Rome, some 234,000 men, women and children died from AIDS, and 42,000 women died from pregnancy-related causes, including 6,000 from botched illegal abortions.

Frances Kissling
Catholics for a Free Choice
Washington, Oct. 24, 2001

This letter appeared in the 28 October 2001 edition of the New York Times.

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