Re "Many miss point of pope story" (Marcos Breton, Sept. 22): Marcos Breton's self-professed humility is understandable, as he is a newspaper journalist and practicing Catholic. But I can't for the life of me understand the point of this article.
While the pope's comments may be quoted out-of-context and misrepresented, for Breton to conclude, somehow, that the pope isn't rebuking those who would shape "secular laws by forcing religious belief down the throats of others" or "rewriting church teachings" seems a huge stretch. On the contrary, hopefully the pope is.
More to the point is the pope saying we don't have to believe in God or join a church "just be a person of good conscience (the morals and ethics we strive for)" to receive God's mercy. The Dalai Lama echoes that, noting we should be moral and ethical simply because of our "inner goodness," not because some religion says we should. -- Chuck McIntyre, Sacramento