Letter: The Supreme Court and Catholicism

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The writer of a letter to the editor printed in Monday's Record-Courier made a decision of his own to advocate the impeachment of all Supreme Court justices based on their decision of the Hobby Lobby case of June 30. The claim for his outcry is that the five justices of the majority opinion are Catholics who "violated their oaths of office in order to impose their religion upon every citizen of this country." He should start his rally soon, as this action requires the effort of the House of Representatives and we know how quickly they move.

It is my understanding, however, that the Hobby Lobby (and Conestoga Wood) cases were brought to the Supreme Court on violations of the 1993 Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (signed by President Clinton and unanimously approved by Congress). The objection of the Green family concerned the demand Hobby Lobby pay for four contraceptive abortifacients dictated in the HHS mandate. Hobby Lobby does provide the 16 other forms of contraceptive methods. They object to four as they terminate the life of a baby -- Plan B, Ella, the "morning after pill" and the "week after pill." These abortifacients violate their Evangelical Christian (not Catholic) religious beliefs and conscience as a family and business.

If the justices were trying to "impose their religion upon every citizen of this country" they are not representing Church teaching on the subject matter very well -- as Catholics oppose all contraceptive methods as antithetical to the sacred dignity of life from conception to natural death. This is why the Little Sisters of the Poor also had to file a lawsuit last year based on moral objections not covered by the "accommodation" clause. The HHS Mandate issue is far from resolved.

So tell me, why would Pope Francis want a chair in the Oval Office or a seat on the Supreme Court bench here in the United States? I suspect if he had any podium at all in our country he would use it to remind us of God's mercy and justice and to women in particular, how tenderly God loves them.

Karen Barrett, Kent

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  • A very nice letter!