March 19, 2012

Re: "U.S. Church ignores teaching moment on contraception" (WCR editorial, March 5).

Pope Benedict told the American bishops on their recent ad limina visit: "Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in a letter (March 2) to his brother bishops writes: "Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop William Lori, with so many others, have admirably kept us focused on this one priority of protecting religious freedom."

The bishops in the USA need our full support and prayers at this pinnacle time of American history.

I do not believe that these bishops are ignoring a teaching moment on contraception but rather keeping a focus as they deal with a secular mindset in Washington that is picking a fight with the Catholic Church and other Church institutions.

As Cardinal Dolan said in the same letter noted above: "We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it."

Perhaps a more supportive and friendly tone to our neighbours south of the border showing our solidarity with them would be proper for us in Canada at this critical moment of their history. To imply that the teaching on marital love is being covered over in silence, by the bishops of the United States, "in order to protect religious freedom," is harsh.

Encourage your readers to become engaged in what is happening in the USA with the HHS mandate and encourage them to pray for the bishops there and here.

It seems to me that the culture of death and life are coming to a fork in the road. Consequently prayer and solidarity are essential.

Fr. Terence Brock
Terrace, B.C.