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BY The Editors
In response to “What ‘Doubt’ Is
About” (Daily Blog, Jan. 1), increasingly I am reminded of how few of our nuns
and priests today wear religious habits and collars. This is sad because I
remember a time when nuns and priests wore their habits and collars everywhere,
even in public. Some of my grade school teachers were nuns. Many of my high
school teachers were priests. I found it both comforting and reassuring.
I read often of how our Catholic
schools are losing their Catholic identity and how there are so few priests and
nuns to run them. I often wonder if this is not because there has been no
visible presence of our nuns and clergy in the world in the past 40 years or
so. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
It’s as if they were trying to hide
their religious calling or make it something not all that different from other
professions or vocations. But a call to religious life or the priesthood,
wherein one vows to dedicate one’s entire life in the manner of Jesus, is not
like any other vocation.
Actress Meryl Streep recently said
that when she put on her nun’s habit to film Doubt she felt
clothed in God and was convinced that real nuns who wear the habit must also
share the same incredible feeling every moment because their day is being
dedicated to God.
It is said that actor Alec Guinness’
conversion to Catholicism began when he first put on a collar to play a priest
(Father Brown) in the movie The Detective. One
evening, Guinness, still in costume, was on his way back to his lodgings. A little
boy, mistaking him for the real thing, grabbed his hand and trustingly
accompanied the “priest.”
That incident affected Guinness.
“Continuing my walk,” he said, “I reflected that a Church that could inspire
such confidence in a child, making priests, even when unknown, so easily
approachable, could not be as scheming or as creepy as so often made out. I
began to shake off my long-taught, long-absorbed prejudices.”
I hope our bishops, priests and nuns
will reflect more deeply on the importance of and need for clerical dress —
especially in these troubling times where secularism and atheism are gaining
ground in obscuring Catholicism and its mandate to evangelize.
Don’t Go Away
I just want to say thank you, Register!
As a post-abortive woman who joined my sisters and brothers last month,
shivering in the cold, to witness to the destruction that abortion has brought
to our lives, “We Won’t Go Away” (Jan. 18) is exactly what I want to say to
God in his gracious mercy has
restored me and brought his healing love into my life. It is his grace and
mercy that calls me to defend the defenseless, stand for the weak, and refuse
to go away.
Praise God for your newspaper! Thank
you for not going away! You are all in my prayers.
note: Thanks. To find the editorial, scroll down to “Hot Topics” on
Regarding your Daily Blog post
“Barack Shuns Catholic Prayers” (Jan. 13), well, if the bishops are not making
any enemies, they are probably not being very effective or they are corrupt.
I am much more afraid of a bishop
who is friends with the media and certain politicians than of a politician who
does not invite the bishops to his parties.
If you are not angering the secular
media, you are either not very influential or you are influencing the world in
a bad direction. Thank God for those bishops who anger the secular media and
I can’t explain the feeling except
to say that it felt “against nature.” How stupid was I? I actually paid a
doctor to go in and damage a vital organ system in my body, one that is
key to my self-image as a male. And make no mistake about it: A vasectomy is an
on your body.
After much prayer and tears, I was
led — by God, no doubt — to your article “One More Doctor’s Heart” (Oct. 12).
From your article, I learned about Dr. Cary Leverett, who does vasectomy
reversals. The kind doctor put me back together.
What did I take from this
experience? Altering significant parts of your body can have an impact on your
psyche that you never intended. Also this: The older I get, the smarter the
I do not currently subscribe, but I
wanted to share important information with you to help the pro-life movement.
President-elect Obama had a website
open to all Americans: Change.gov. (This site has been decommissioned since
Obama became president. Now visit WhiteHouse.gov.) On the website, he shares
his views on many issues, and we are invited to share our views with him on the
issues he discusses. He wants to know what we want for the country, what we
envision for the country, and what we want him and his administration to do for
his country. He has said that he wants to be president of all
of the people. He has also said that “change happens from the bottom
up, not from the top down.”
We in the pro-life movement need to
get to this website by the millions and urge President Obama to protect,
defend, and uphold the right to life. He is giving us the chance to be heard.
The door is wide open to us. If we walk in and speak up for life in vast
numbers, our new president might just give us “change we can believe in” —
protection of life from conception to the grave.
Mother Teresa vs. Obama
light of “What FOCA Really Does” (Jan. 11), there are
words and ideas borrowed from a woman known more for her saintly, unselfish actions
than her words: Mother Teresa. They would go a long way in helping President
Obama win over the pro-life Americans that he lost by these anti-life words and
actions as a senator: rationalizing his vote that denied abortion-surviving
babies medical assistance by referring to them as “pre-viable fetuses who were
temporarily alive”; equating a baby as a “punishment”; promising pro-abortion
groups that the first thing he will do as president is sign FOCA, a bill that
would effectively kill all current anti-abortion legislation along with an
estimated 125,000 additional unborn babies each year; ducking, during the
campaign, the question as to when a baby deserves human rights. (Now that he’s
reached a higher pay grade, he may answer that question.)
Mother Teresa spoke of fighting abortion with adoption, she said, “Please don’t
kill the child. I want the child. Give me the child. I’m willing to accept any
child who would be aborted and to give the child to a married couple who will
love the child and be loved by the child.”
if President Obama were to say, “Bring the child to me at the White House, 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., and I will make sure the child is taken
Richard A. Carey
In the Dec. 21 “Culture of Life”
section, “A Guide to Living the Catholic Basics” about the precepts of the
Church was a smart idea.
But the gift box representing
Christmas and the basket of eggs for Easter, even the Santa hat, take away from
the words and what they convey. A picture is worth a thousand words.
How difficult is it to stay free of
our secular culture?
note: Thanks. An excellent point. Keep in mind, though, that with
these guides our hope is to help readers reach people who aren’t currently
active in their faith. We tried to choose images to attract them.
Obama took his “Oath of Office,” he pledged to “uphold the Constitution,”
can he “swear” to something that he doesn’t believe in? Does not the
Constitution give us all the “right to life”? If it obliges the president to
uphold the Constitution, how can he be in favor of abortion, which is taking
the lives of unborn babies?
tells us that life begins at conception — how does he reconcile that he
“upholds the Constitution” but believes killing is okay?
is already committing perjury. Is that legitimate? No one else would attempt
such disregard for our country’s laws.
believe we will have to protest his election if he persists in such “double
have subscribed to your Catholic newspaper because ours was so lax in standing
up for truth in this last election.
Mrs. Charlotte Frederick
Madison Lake, Minnesota
A photograph used with “She’s Not
New to Hollywood,” the Inperson column on page one of the Jan. 25 issue, was
not that of Siobhan Fallon Hogan but of the subject of a forthcoming Inperson interview,
Peggy Hartshorn. Here is a photograph provided by Lionsgate Publicity, showing
Hogan, at right, with actress Renée Zellweger, in the new movie New