I am Catholic. It annoys me to no end to see Catholic bishops enter the political fray as pro-life when, clearly, they are pro-choice. The pope and American bishops talk the pro-life talk, but they do not walk the walk, and they could choose to do so.
St. Peter, the first pope, was married with children. Jesus healed Peter's wife, who got out of bed and cooked Peter and Jesus a meal. Had he lived longer, Jesus would have married, like any rabbi.
However, the pope and the bishops have chosen not to bring children into the world. Meanwhile, they insist that the laity do their pro-life work for them -- much like slaves. Please know, even in the Roman rite, some clergy are allowed to marry. The Pope could at any time encourage all clergy to walk the pro-life walk by marrying and having children.
But he chooses otherwise, because he is pro-choice.
Bishops, please don't talk the talk unless you walk the walk. Personal experience is a great teacher. For clergy with children, family planning will make sense. This change will take about as long as it took to admit that Galileo was right: 200 years.
JAMES THIELMAN, Richland