I was saddened to read the May 29 Other Views column, Hispanics, in search of a different message, leaving Catholic church, about the young lady who now believes in the world, rather than in its Creator. This woman is said to be representative of most young Hispanics who reject the church's teachings on such subjects as birth control and homosexuality as backward and intolerant.
The Catholic position, for example, on birth control is that any act that is contrary to the unitive and procreative essence of the sacrament of matrimony is immoral.
The church, which is the largest institution caring for AIDs patients and also has a special Courage ministry for people with same-sex attraction, doesn’t discriminate against homosexuals or any group. However, it teaches that sexual acts by gay or straight people outside marriage are immoral.
The church's mission is to lead souls to heaven. In doing so, it needs to have a moral influence on the culture and resist negative cultural effects on the church.
Francis Mahoney, Fort Lauderdale