Regarding “Medical providers clash with bosses over faith,” Aug. 21, Page 1:

The Sentinel printed side by side two cases of health care providers in the Portland Archdiocese fired for conscientious medical practice.

First, how may a Catholic hospital succeed in requiring medical practice in flagrant violations of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services promulgated by the U.S. Catholic bishops?

Second, the firing by Oregon Health and Science University of an established teacher and clinician of highly awarded acclaim, and on the flimsy ground of an isolated patient review, is shocking. What appears to be an intolerance of clinical judgement must really be seen as an animus against his years of work in pro-life activities.

Will their colleagues, or his students, or the church respond? Or will there only be a complicity of silence?

Dr. Roger Miller

Astoria