To The editor: For the past 80 years, I have been a Roman Catholic. I have witnessed the good, the evil and the ugly in the Catholic Church. The fact that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has the temerity even to discuss denying Communion to President Biden for following the law of the land on abortion rights is disgraceful to me.
This is a church that ran homes in Ireland where babies died at shockingly high rates or were stolen from their young unwed mothers, and whose priests committed willful acts of depravity against young boys. The U.S. bishops are able to question our president’s devotion.
It is time to end the church’s tax exemption. It has become an extremely political organization.
Aine Smallwood, Encinitas
To the Editor: Biden supports abortion personally, but “doesn’t think he shouldn’t impose this position on Americans who disagree,” as your piece stated.
Millard Fillmore served in the Civil War and is believed to have personally found slavery objectionable but still believed the federal government should be respectful of the South’s “peculiar institutions.”
It’s so cool that your article was printed on our new national holiday. It is only a matter time before all human babies have the right to live.
Judith M. Seki San Gabriel
To A rebuke of U.S. Catholic Church members who support and defend women’s human rights might be the bishops’ attempt at “rebuke”.
Discrimination against its own members is one of the reasons for its decline. As a Catholic gay man, I have seen dozens of gay friends leave the church in the past 20 years. The same could happen to those who support women’s equality.
Biden is just the second Catholic president to be elected in America’s history. Although he supports policies which are pro-women’s rights, his personal views are pro-life. The Catholic Church shouldn’t disparage the president. Equally important, it shouldn’t waste this chance.
Jeff Langan, La Canada Flintridge
To The hypocrisy shown by celibate men bishops who backed the previous president, who lied continuously and even corrupted our idea of truth, is evident.
An abortion is not something anyone wants. But, has the Bishop approved contraception so that a woman can limit the number of births she is responsible for? No.
Catholic women are able to use contraceptives, based on their personal lived experience and conscience. Should they also be refused Communion?
Doris Isolini Nelson Los Angeles
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.