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Lori's views outside the Catholic mainstream

Archbishop William E. Lori writes that religious freedom is under threat in the United States by the exclusion of religious values from public life ("Religious freedom under threat in U.S.," June 16). This is difficult to understand in Maryland where our leaders include U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, all of whom are Catholic.

The main impetus for Archbishop's Lori's campaign seems to be the Affordable Care Act and its coverage of contraception services. That law is being implemented by Kathryn Sibelius, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Catholic. In Washington, the Catholic contingent includes Vice President Joseph Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and no fewer than six of the nine members of the United States Supreme Court.

Archbishop Lori's real problem is that he promotes an agenda not shared by most of the members of his faith. Studies show that Catholics practice contraception pretty much the same as the general population. The archdiocese also lobbied hard against the gay marriage issue but the voters approved it.

John C. Murphy, Baltimore

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