Thank you for accurately acknowledging the hallowed legacy of good works performed under the auspices of the Catholic Church in the beginning of your Nov. 23 editorial “Church and State: The Courts Must Balance Health Care Rights.” Regrettably, however, the rest of your strained editorial misled readers.
Catholic social teaching has long espoused universal health care, and the church does not now seek to arm “those who would end the health care act” as you assert. As coverage in your own newspaper has repeatedly reported, the church seeks not to overturn this legislation, but rather only to continue her fine tradition of assisting those in need without violating her religious beliefs, as the Department of Health and Human Services mandate would require.
Furthermore, employees of church-sponsored organizations should not expect the church to provide access to that which is contrary to Catholic teaching any more than employees of the Post-Gazette should expect the publisher to reimburse their subscription to the Tribune-Review as a legitimate continuing education expense!
We hope, and expect, a higher court to rule exactly as the U.S. District Court did, because that is what the U.S. Constitution guarantees.
REV. MARTIN R. BARTEL
Administrator Pro Tem
Saint Frances Cabrini Parish