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If the owner of that company believes in the teachings of the Catholic Church (which are clearly against the use of contraception), he has the right to refuse insurance that supports contraception.
Thank God Lind and Janas and many others have started companies to provide good jobs to people in need. Let’s not be rash and stifle the religious freedom of the owners and cause them to close their doors and put good people out of work.
BOB SPINHARNEY, Eden Prairie
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Those who advocate for employer control over contraceptive provisions in insurance policies always fall back on the delicate religious sensibilities of these employers.
It’s worth noting that Hobby Lobby, which is suing to be exempt from providing its employees with women’s health services on the grounds that it violates “Christian values,” gets 93 percent of its inventory from China, where there have been 336 million abortions in the past 30 years.
Apparently these “values” work in only one direction.
STEVE HOFFMAN, Anoka
Are we really getting the whole story now?
The average age of the living priests who were named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is 74 (“Abusers in Catholic clergy are revealed,” Dec. 6). If this is the list the church is actually willing to release, it seems safe to assume there are a bunch more, and they’re younger. And it seems like the only answer to the question of why the church is allowed to withhold this kind of information from authorities is, “Because our authorities are too intimidated by political considerations to do their jobs.” I wonder how forthcoming the church might become if its tax-exempt status were under threat?
ROBERT ALBERTI, Minneapolis
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The court order requiring the archdiocese to make public a list of priests accused of sexual abuse — allegations going back to the 1950s — opens a whole new era of transparency. Perhaps we can now expect that school districts and teacher’s unions, police departments and police unions, government offices and their employee unions — even the courts — will be required to turn over their lists of sexual-predator-members they’ve protected, transferred or otherwise hid from the public.
LOREN PECORE, Northfield
Thanks for taking Trevino’s lawyer to task
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