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O’Malley’s certainty offensive to many

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, right, with the future Pope Francis in 2013.

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Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, right, with the future Pope Francis in 2013.

WHILE THE future of Roman Catholic teaching on subjects such as marriage and divorce may be uncertain, I hope for a day when Catholic clergy no longer purport to explain it simply by stating that “the church needs to be faithful to the Gospel and to Christ’s teaching,” as Cardinal Sean O’Malley did in the interview published last Sunday. (“Pope softening tone, not stance, O’Malley says,” Page A1, Feb. 9). Such remarks deeply offend members of other churches (and many Catholics) who would make the very same statement but have reached different theological and moral conclusions.

F. Davis Dassori

Hingham

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