I must respond to Edward McCarey McDonnell ("Archbishop Lori should accept Md. Catholics' tradition of religious toleration and diversity," March 25). When he refers to Maryland Catholics, by implication, he has declared himself to be speaking for me. He isn't. His closing statement is quite telling when referring to theU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopsas "the American hierarchy" when he states: "they don't always represent our values."
Mr. McDonnell displays a fundamental misunderstanding of dogma and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church is a religion with specific teachings and beliefs which are founded in the scripture as interpreted by the Magisterium. The faithful are called upon to accept the teachings of the Church, all of the teachings of the Church, not just those they like.