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Health care mandate shouldn't just concern Catholics

The Sun believes Baltimore's new archbishop, William E. Lori, will be challenged by "far more pressing" social concerns than those posed by Barack Obama's health care mandate ("A new archbishop," May 20).

I think not. Under the new law, health insurance plans covering employees of Catholic institutions must include provisions not only for birth control but for sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as well — all contrary to Catholic teaching.

As such, it amounts to nothing less than the administration's attempt to bend the church to its will. The mandate touches directly on the right to religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution and it should be of concern to all religious denominations.

Andrew Todaro, Baltimore

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