An obligation to serve all Americans

In the June 4 issue, Russell Shaw’s article does a good job of outlining the issues facing the bishops at their June meeting. However, he fails to include the issue that a Catholic elected to office takes an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States,” thereby promising to serve all people regardless of faith, in our diverse pluralistic country. 

Some bishops would penalize those elected to public office who recognize their obligation to serve all citizens, not just Catholics and our values. 

— William Marmion, St. Matthew Church, Long Beach

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