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BY John Lilly
Praising Christian Mothers
I was so happy to read that the Church is recognizing the
needs of mothers, especially after the birth of a baby (“Catholic Leaders vs.
Postpartum Depression,” June 24).
Not only do women deal with hormonal changes that are
associated with postpartum depression, but many times they deal with a sense of
loneliness that accompanies them after leaving a workplace to stay home with
their baby, either on a maternity leave of absence or more permanently to stay
home to raise their child.
In fact, the sense of loneliness and the accompanying
hormonal changes from postpartum depression may very likely be the cause for
women wanting to return to the work force.
The Church needs to recognize this and provide support
groups such as Christian Mothers in their parishes, so that mothers, especially
younger ones, have an avenue to share their joys, concerns and frustrations.
These types of mother’s groups are best led by experienced
mothers who can share the knowledge they have gained through the years of
mothering with those who need support in their role of mothering.
It is time for us to heed the only words that Jesus spoke
while he carried his cross, “Do not weep for me, weep for yourselves and your
children, for the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the wombs
that never bore and the breasts that have never nursed.’”
Salem, South Dakota
Regarding “Priest TV Show Vows Respect” (July 1):
If Hall needs to cast a bit player as a pater gravior (wise
old but semi-retired priest/spiritual father type) with little or no speaking
part, I’d be willing to do it gratis.
I spent six years in the Jesuits in the ’50s and remember
the house of formation (novitiate), juniorate and philosophate routines as well
today as I knew them then. Moreover, it would be a nostalgic experience to one
more time don a Jesuit cassock.
If I could cut it in the auditions, I’d be thrilled to make
whatever contribution I can, especially since I think this could be a great
recruiting film. Please pass this on to Hall and let me know if I can help.
SSPX Not in Schism
In Father Raymond de Souza’s article, “Why the Old Mass”
(July 15), he repeats an error that continues to be promulgated even in media
that is in the heart of the Church.
He says the Society of St. Pius X is in schism. Cardinal
Dario Castrillon Hoyos, in multiple public interviews over the past three
years, has repeatedly said the Society of St. Pius X, its bishops, priests and
laity are not in schism.
The Register has even previously admitted this in a previous
response to a letter to the editor.
Brian C. Mershon
Greenville, South Carolina
Tune in to Terminology
It would have been well if Tim Drake in the May 27 article,
“YouTube Catholics” would have defined “YouTube” or explained some of the
esoteric terminology of the computer world.
While many of us have home computers, we may not know what a
blog or blogger is, or a streaming video, for example. I certainly don’t.
It seems there are less complex ways without video or
featured personalities to get the message out. One way, I discovered by
happenstance was when I received a call by someone who wanted to use a letter I
wrote to the Register to pass it along for his group mailing by e-mail, to more
than a thousand addresses. He regularly sends messages on Catholic teaching.
This, of course sparked an idea as I have been greatly
concerned about the need for evangelization.
So I created my own address book, and monthly send out
messages to my family and to friends. The messages deal again with basic Church
teaching on social and moral issues.
There would be great potential if diocesan catechetical
offices across the country would collect e-mail addresses or urge local pastors
to do the same in their parishes.
If pastors or their associates are reluctant to preach on
social or moral issues from the pulpit, then this is a perfect way to extend
their evangelization efforts beyond the pulpit.
Rocky River, Ohio
Not Truly Pro-Life
Regarding “A Pro-Life President” (July 8):
I thank God that we have a president who strongly protects
the lives of our unborn citizens. Without that protection, many more innocent
lives would have been lost over the last 6½ years.
However, as a Catholic, I cannot call him truly pro-life.
The Catholic Church teaches that life must be protected from conception until
natural death. This position not only opposes abortion, embryonic stem-cell
research and euthanasia, but also the death penalty.
Our president, while being strongly against abortion, is
also strongly in favor of the death penalty. Therefore, I cannot count him
among the ranks of the truly pro-life.
In regard to Father Kearns’ publisher’s note, “A Pro-Life
President” (July 8) on President Bush, I would agree with Father Kearns that
President Bush is a good pro-life president if pro-life simply meant
anti-abortion. But as it stands, President Bush is a good anti-abortion
president and that is where it stops.
He has waged an unjust war, as stated by Pope John Paul II,
and as governor of Texas he refused to pardon anyone on death row, which
resulted in 152 executions, the most by any governor.
Yet he pardons “Scooter” Libby, whose actions could have led
to a CIA operative being killed.
Also, under his watch he has created more red tape for
people to get government assistance in the forms of welfare,
government-assisted housing and WIC vouchers, and has all but completely
disregarded any viable universal health care, just to cite a few points.
I am pro-life, which means I am against abortion as well as
capital punishment and war, and I am for ensuring that the mothers of the
children and the children who were saved from abortion (the large majority of
whom are living at or below poverty level) have the means to live a full life,
complete with government-assisted housing, health care, education, food and job
assistance, and training.
Obviously, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have
the pro-life issue right. Until a president, be he or she Republican or
Democrat, meets all of those aforementioned objectives along with accepting
peace and forgiveness rather than war and seeing the futility in capital
punishment, then we will never have a true pro-life president.
Until then, we are like Dr. Frankenstein: We create a life,
or in our case save it, only to have the overriding urge to kill it when it
appears to have run its usefulness or proves to be a detriment to society,
thanks to our actions and/or inactions.
Until both sides agree to come to the table, and both agree
that the life of the child and the mother are equally important and that the
abortion of a child is never an option, then we will never make any headway on
this volatile issue.
Tridentine Mass’ Return
Regarding “Pope Sparks Mass Revival” July 15:
I welcome Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to loosen
restrictions on the use of the Latin Mass.
Vatican II, in fact, never called for the elimination of
Latin. The Pope’s decision, therefore, is meant to foster a more comprehensive
and profound understanding of the church’s liturgy.
Latin is the official language of the Catholic Church. The
universality of Latin makes it conducive to all believers experiencing more
fully the mystery of the Mass. It imbues a heightened reverence and sense of
the sacred. It complements well the Latin rites’ traditional Gregorian Chant
with its moving meditative cadence that touches the depths of the soul.
The Tridentine Mass is also more uniform in its theological
and Christian-cultural aspects. The Pope has previously mentioned, for example,
how in the new Mass the “turning of the priest toward the people no longer
opens out on what lies ahead and above [but] has turned the community into a
self-enclosed circle.” Both the priest and people should be facing east.
The Eucharist is the all encompassing source and summit of
Christian life. A wider implementation of the Latin Mass will no doubt be an
effective means of both preserving the Church’s faith and identity while at the
same time allowing her to carry out her mission of evangelization.
I hope the Pope’s new directive will encourage bishops to
actively and aggressively promote the Latin Mass throughout their dioceses and
Donald DeMarco’s inspirational story about Alphonsus Casey
and his son Bob Casey Sr. (“Mighty Casey and American Humility,” July 1) left
out the rest of the story.
The Democrats used his father’s reputation to get Bob Casey
Jr. elected to the Senate, replacing Republican pro-life stalwart Rick
Santorum and giving them a razor-thin majority in the Senate, which they used
to pass a bill calling for taxpayer funding of embryonic stem-cell breeding and
research, and in the future they will use to block any insufficiently