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Concerning the results of the recent sexuality poll of the Pittsburgh diocese (“Catholic Sexuality Survey Finds Dissension,” Feb. 28), Bishop David Zubik is to be commended for reaching out for a grass-roots response in his diocese. Not all bishops in the United States chose this option, many having chosen to bypass the simple faithful in favor of referring the survey to various clergy councils and commissions.

Having said that, it simply must be stated that the Catholic Church has continued for the past four decades since the papacy of Paul VI to ignore the sensus fidelium regarding the church’s teaching on contraception, divorced and remarried Catholics and the ordination of women, whose gifts and talents are so sorely needed in the modern church

It is to be profoundly hoped that Pope Francis will recognize that blind obedience to outmoded canon law will do nothing to stem the tide of Catholics leaving the church in search of pastoral nurturing so sadly lacking in the aftermath of the previous two popes.

MARY LOU WALTER
Etna


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