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BY John Lilly
News about Francis Beckwith’s return to his Roman Catholic
roots created havoc among his fellow Protestant Evangelical Christians at
Baylor University, hurling them into a tailspin of horror, leaving them
reeling. Yet, this is wonderful news!
The Inperson interview, “He Could No Longer Explain Why He
Wasn’t Catholic” (June 3) was outstanding and encouraging. Beckwith, prominent
theologian and tenured associate professor of church-state studies at Baylor,
the largest Baptist university in the world, made so many excellent points, I
yellow-highlighted nearly every paragraph of the article.
I cheered at Beckwith’s suggestion that Catholics can learn
from evangelical Protestants how to preach, teach and offer support for
doctrines and beliefs that Catholics often leave to authority. Scripture says,
“My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
Conversely, Protestants have misconceptions about Catholics.
Having been president of the Evangelical Theological Society, Beckwith’s
experience will be valuable in reaching out to Protestants. We all have Jesus
Beckwith stated that one Church weakness was presenting
renewal movements as not part of the Church’s theological tradition. Here is a
suggestion to remedy that.
Joan Galli, a lifelong Catholic woman that lived through the
charismatic renewal movement of the 1970s, wrote a book specifically for fellow
Catholics, describing this overlooked period of time. It’s called Unless You
Become as a Little Child. She sheds light on the Holy Spirit, describing her
walk with Jesus in a manner that coaxes even the most skeptical Catholic to
want what she has: the joy that surpasses all understanding.
This book is not fluff. It is a modern-day testimony to the
power and timelessness of Pentecost, filled with life and hope. I thought of it
when I read Beckwith’s interview.
It is ideal for Catholics desiring full maturity in our
faith. And to Francis Beckwith: welcome home!
Palo Alto, California
Relevant to “No Amnesty for the Unborn” (June 17):
How ironic that a widely claimed right, that is, a woman’s
“right to choose,” has been so costly and fatal to female embryos, fetuses, the
about-to-be born and newborns around the world. It would be interesting to know
the statistics of which sex is the most chosen to be aborted in many Western
One has to wonder what is in the minds of some feminist
groups who fail to see the worldwide outcome in their push for a woman’s right
to choose. Did they really intend for it to result in the demise of millions of
females? Are women of so little value that they are expendable before and just
Christianity raised the status and value of women in society
wherever the true foundation and spirit of Jesus Christ’s teachings were
allowed to be taught and preached. Admittedly, some misunderstood such
revolutionary teaching and hindered it or hid it from the masses. But the fact
remains: Girls and women are precious in God’s sight.
Nevertheless, the wisdom of Christ’s teaching came through
loud and clear in the latter half of the first century of the Christian Church
through the earliest non-canonical Christian writing, the Didache: “There are
two ways, a way of life and a way of death; there is a great difference between
them. … In accordance with the precept of the teaching ‘You shall not kill,’
you shall not put a child to death by abortion or kill it once it is born. …
The way of death is this: They show no compassion for the poor, they do not
suffer with the suffering, they do not acknowledge their Creator, they kill
their children and by abortion cause God’s creatures to perish; they drive away
the needy, oppress the suffering, they are advocates of the rich and unjust
judges of the poor, they are filled with every sin. May you be ever guiltless
of all these sins!”
How many girls and women would be alive today not only in
Asia but in the Western Hemisphere, once called Judeo/Christian, if the
teachings of Jesus Christ, the apostles, the early Christian Church, and the
Church today were recognized for their moral, non-sexist, non-prejudicial
sanctity of life?
Sadly, the cliché, “a woman’s right to choose” has cost
females more than males. “A woman’s right to choose” is a sad and fatal paradox
for the female sex.
Helen Louise Herndon
St. Louis, Missouri
I was Godless my entire life. I had no religion
or belief to speak of, but during RCIA last year, I launched an
“investigation” into the Lord. In months of intensive study both in and outside
the classroom, I found him, and in no uncertain way. So, after spending 40
years in the wilderness, I was baptized at the Easter Vigil 2007. Christ’s
Church has changed my life.
As a result, I have felt a compulsion to give back for all I
have received. I began a humble apostolate involving an electronic newsletter
ca--tering to a few Catholic police officers, my peers. In two months, it
has morphed into a mailing list of more than 250 people, many outside
the policing profession and several outside the Catholic Church, as well.
My wife and I subscribe to your newspaper and I
regularly read content from the website. I find ncregister.com both
informative and inspirational. I thank you for your commitment
to catechizing the nation’s Catholic faithful!
Regarding “Everyone Has the Right to Health Care” (May 27):
I read with some concern Father McNair’s editorial
proclaiming a universal right to health care. Though it may not have been his
intent, this editorial will inevitably be interpreted by many in such a way as
to favor a national health care program, part and parcel of which would be an
overall socialist approach to governance.
I would hope that readers who may have been swayed in that
direction would thoughtfully consider this: Total responsibility for someone —
and that someone’s corresponding total dependence — must of necessity be
facilitated by total authority over them. I am indeed totally responsible for
my own children’s food, clothing, shelter, human and religious formation, and
health care. I also wield final authority regarding what and when they eat,
what they wear, where they live, where they are educated, whom they associate
with, where and how they worship, and whether or not they brush their teeth or
smoke cigarettes. Without this authority, the aforementioned responsibilities
would be utterly unworkable. But as my children age, the moral requirement for
my responsibility and my commensurate authority over them will gradually
disappear — together.
On top of our already imprudent level of government-mandated
entitlements, universal health care would represent a dangerous slide on the
part of a formerly free citizenry toward a state of total dependence on
If ever implemented, the inevitable increase in unwholesome
government authority cannot and will not be far behind. And I say “unwholesome”
government authority because, unlike George Washington, who warned that
“government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master,” the
self-anointed governing class that awaits these developments with bated breath
positively relishes the prospect of the new authority they perceive will be
theirs. Little do they realize (most of them, at any rate) how quickly this
authority will pass through their fingers and into the grasp of a far more
frightful and dangerous power.
If we as a people somehow manage in these dangerous times to
muster a spiritual orientation and prayer life adequate to delay that unhappy
eventuality, at least for a time, we might also find ourselves in a slightly
more perfectly ordered society, at least temporarily. In such a society, a boy
with a toothache would certainly find a Christian dentist willing to extract a
tooth pro bono or a Christian businessman willing to pay for the extraction or
a Christian congregation that cares for its own and others or perhaps even a
hospital or clinic, staffed with religious or consecrated, established for the
purpose of rendering medical care in Christian charity. And along with the
understanding, inherent in such a society, of the fundamental difference
between entitlement and charity, would come the understanding that we are
Children of God, not children of the government.
No Need for Buddhism
Regarding “When Worlds That Should Collide, Don’t” (June
A Catholic who loves his faith and is well grounded in it
will have no interest in Buddhism. Our faith is so rich. We have everything,
meditation, contemplation, the sacraments, the communion of saints. Those who
are attracted to the allurements of false religions should be warned of the
blind leading the blind and together falling into the pit.
As St. Peter said to Jesus, “To whom shall we go Lord? You
have the words of eternal life.”
Marie Louise Valle
Los Angeles, California
Regarding “When Worlds That Should Collide, Don’t” (June
Thank you for the interesting article regarding Buddhism and
Christianity. As a member of a wonderful Catholic charismatic group in Carlsbad
called Women’s Christian Fellowship, I listened recently to a fabulous luncheon
speaker, Johnnette Benkovic, and received a copy of her book The New Age
Counterfeit. She raised my awareness of the infiltration of even Catholic
groups by Eastern mysticism and other non-Christian practices. Upon
arriving home, I received in the mail a newsletter from a Catholic Mission
that offered a retreat entitled: “The Wisdom of the Yin-Yang!”
Taoism contains a heresy called monism, teaching all is one
and there is no personal God. How this leads to a closer relationship with
Jesus Christ is anybody’s guess.
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