It was refreshing to read “Teaching by Example: New Orleans Adopts ‘Lifestyle Policy’” (July 29-Aug. 4).

Being a Catholic has lost a lot of its meaning in today's society. I pray this will only be the beginning of spelling out what it means to be Catholic. I pray other dioceses will follow suit with their own lifestyle policies.

JUDY GOODNIGHT

Dallas

Conception as a Sin?

There is something wrong in New Orleans listing “conceiving a child or fathering a child out of wedlock” as a cause for dismissal in its lifestyle policy. The sin is in fornication or adultery, not in conception. The child is simply evidence.

That provision could be a dangerous precedent for Church and civil authority.

SHEILA KENNY KAUFMANN

Denville, N.J.