Archbishop's William Lori's commentary ("Religious freedom under threat in U.S.," June) reminds me of verses from Lamentations: "my children have become desolate, for the enemy is victorious" (1:16). On Friday, as the Archbishop enters the Basilica to say mass to begin the Fortnight for [Religious] Freedom, he must do so with a heavy heart, for the church is beset with problems, both high and low.
In Rome, Pope Francis has lamented to a group of South American clerics that he is not up to the tasks of administrator, so he must delegate to a group of Cardinals the task of cleaning up the dysfunctional curia, itself headed, in the main, by Cardinals. He admits that the problems are far worse than he supposed, to include a strong presence of a "gay lobby" in Rome.
Closer to home, the archbishop finds a nation in which the state of Texas must pass a law so that public school children may say "Merry Christmas" without the fear of suspension or worse, prosecution.
Closer still, Baltimore's mayor celebrates gay marriages en masse in honor of Gay Pride.
In Washington, D.C., the government has opened the door for children to get the "morning after" pill over the counter.
And under Obamacare, a Roman Catholic cabinet secretary has authorized the regulation that will force Roman Catholics (and many others) in America to pay for what they regard as immoral activities or else suffer serious fines.
I, for one, do not agree with many of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, to include its teachings on gays and contraception. However, I will take my stand with the archbishop on "the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life." And I will listen with care and with respect when Archbishop Lori speaks on Friday as the Fortnight for Freedom begins. Perhaps he will take heart from the words of Isaiah 54:14: "You will be restored triumphantly. You will be free from oppression and have nothing to fear."
George E. Bell, Havre de GraceCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun