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Letters & Op-Eds - 2014

Being a Catholic in the Time of Francis

Jon O'Brien

13 March 2014

To the Editor:

Peter Manseau raises several important issues in “What It Means to Be Catholic Now” (Op-Ed, March 10), not least the question “Who is a Catholic?” Catholicism has long been defined by the Latin phrase “in varietate concordia” — “unity in diversity.”

All Catholics are connected by the requirement to follow our consciences as the ultimate arbiter when it comes to moral decision-making. That leads many of us to disagree with our bishops while still retaining our Catholicism.

There are no political benchmarks, attendance records or litmus tests for being a Catholic. We are Catholic because of our baptism, and nothing can ever change that.

JON O’BRIEN
President, Catholics for Choice
Washington, March 10, 2014

This letter was originally published by the New York Times.