Faith in people

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If Bishop David Zubik expects his followers and fellow employees to have faith that God exists and favors his worship parameters, he should exhibit the same faith in those same people (“Dioceses Make Case to Be Excluded From ‘Morally Illicit’ Parts of Affordable Care Act,” Nov. 13). Forcing these people to behave the way he wants, by not providing a contraceptive methodology allowing them to select what to practice, is verging on the status of a cult and not a religion. I believe the auto-da-fe went out of style more than a few years ago. The only slippery slope this discussion will lead to is the creation of a church state.

Knowing the Catholic Church as I do, and remembering the big board at the back of the church listing who put what in the pay plate the previous Sunday, I believe this has more to do with saving a buck than a soul. Bishop Zubik, you do not have the right to force anyone to do your bidding, just because of your book of rules. This is America, not Paris in 1292.

TOM TOMKINS
Bethel Park


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