As a Roman Catholic, I am appalled by the draconian response from Cardinal-designateEdwin F. O'Brienas noted in your recent article "Archdiocese of Baltimore defies health rule" (Feb. 8). For Mr. O'Brien to state that he would rather leave the 3,500 employees of the archdiocese without health insurance of any sort — rather than comply with the law of the land — is a truly heartless response.
Moreover, has Mr. O'Brien been isolated in his ivory tower for so long that he has forgotten about the extreme overpopulation that many parts of our world presently face? I cannot conceive of any God that would rather deny the benefits of science, through the sensible distribution of birth control, than the creation of children who will likely starve and potentially die as a consequence of overpopulation. Here in Baltimore, how many Archdiocese employees could potentially face a life-threatening illness without the benefit of insurance due to the unfeeling response of the departing Mr. O'Brien.