A friend and I were discussing ArchbishopEdwin O'Brien's letter which was read in the churches of the Archdiocese a couple of weeks ago when we realized that we had both had the same reaction ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 9). We had both considered walking out.
The archbishop's letter was an over-the-top offensive attempt to demonize the federal government. These letters and messages were also sent out by many U.S. bishops. They are circling the wagons in a feeble attempt to portray a church under siege by an immoral government. What they really represent is a pitiful attempt by the American hierarchy to divert attention away from their own inability to deal with the serious internal problems of the Catholic Church.
Does anyone really believe that Archbishop O'Brien will lose any sleep over the hardship placed on the 3,500 employees of the Archdiocese who will be without health insurance? Doesn't his track record speak for itself? None of Archbishop O'Brien's predecessors kicked as many poor children out of Catholic classrooms as he has done.
Now, he is to be elevated to the position of Cardinal and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, an anachronism if ever there was one. Archbishop O'Brien is being rewarded for dutiful adherence to the clerical cronyism that is causing so many problems in the church. Archbishop O'Brien was a very bad fit for Baltimore, and it is to be hoped that his replacement will be less of a clerical careerist and that he will work to solve problems and not just point the finger.
Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore