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Catholics make choices.

I mostly enjoyed reading Barbara Miner's highly informative and interesting article in the January issue, "Next Target: Birth Control," but I laughed out loud when she stated, "Many Catholics are unaware that church teaching considers all contraception 'intrinsically evil.'"

I noticed that she didn't cite a source for this comment, and I'm not surprised. As someone who was raised in the Catholic faith, this church teaching was drummed into me during my twelve years of Catholic school. Then, when I got married, I was subjected to numerous lectures and given multiple pamphlets concerning "natural family planning." Although the Church's positions on women, homosexuality, and contraception have led many congregants, including me, to leave the faith over the years, I know many American Catholics today who continue to tithe and attend church while using birth control, working outside the home, getting divorced, and advocating for gay rights--and not because they are ignorant of the Church's teachings. Most of the Catholics I know are perfectly "aware" of the rules, and basically roll their eyes and make their own choices.

I have always had a great regard for the journalistic integrity of The Progressive, so I felt compelled to criticize you for this comment, which makes a broad generalization with absolutely no proof to I thought it was a display of very sloppy journalism.

Ellen Janis

Brighton, Massachusetts
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Title Annotation:Letters to the Editor
Author:Janis, Ellen
Publication:The Progressive
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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