Dissenting Catholics are free to leave the church

Regarding the recent protest outside the Basilica of the Assumption against Archbishop William Lori celebrating a mass initiating the "Fortnight for Freedom," I fail to understand why those who don't agree with church teachings remain in the church ("Catholic leaders launch campaign against Obama policies," June 21).

It seems that it is a case of the tail wanting to wag the dog. They don't want to adhere to church doctrine; they want the church to change to meet their beliefs. It is reminiscent of King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More.

There are many Christian religions that support contraception and even same-sex marriage and abortion. Those who do not want to adhere to church doctrine can surely find some religion that will satisfy their needs and stop complaining about the Catholic Church.

R. Zanella, Catonsville

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