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Letter: It was an attack on the faithful

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As a Catholic I express my apology to evangelicals that the words of Pope Francis were used to attack faithful Christians who voted their consciences during the elections. It was slanderous and defamatory.

That John Burns (Public Forum, Feb. 23) would use those words out of context to attack good people who stand as brothers and sisters in defense of life, educational choice, Christian marriage and religious liberty is outrageous.

Pope Benedict XVI said, "Worship pleasing to God can never be a purely private matter, without consequences for our relationships with others: it demands a public witness to our faith. Evidently, this is true for all the baptized, yet it is especially incumbent upon those who, by virtue of their social or political position, must make decisions regarding fundamental values, such as respect for human life, its defense from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one's children and the promotion of the common good in all its forms. These values are not negotiable."

Clinton stands for abortion, same-sex marriage and religious persecution. She was anti-choice on education, denying a parent's rights to educate their children. She promoted taxpayer-funded abortion and defended aborting unborn children, something which Pope Francis called a "horrendous crime" and "grave sin."

Pope St. John Paul II said, "Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, home, work and family is false and illusionary if the right to life is not defended with maximum determination."

Pope Francis has not changed one word of what previous popes have said.

If Mr. Burns is going to quote our popes, he better study what they have actually said and do it in context. Above all, he needs to avoid using the words of any pope to attack the integrity of faithful Christians.

Jim Schwarz

New London