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BY The Editors
Actions Speak Louder …
Thanks for the great article, “Super Tuesday Picks” (Feb.
As a Catholic, I think it is good to see that someone like
Ron Paul consistently stands up for the issues he believes in.
At the same time, he brings people together because he does
not preach values, he teaches them through actions. Again, thanks for the
thoughtful and fair article of the man. He has my vote.
Do Values Have a Chance?
Regarding “Super Tuesday Picks” (Feb. 3):
Unfortunately the National Right to Life endorsed Fred
Thompson. Some good people may have absentee-voted for him, thus wasting their
vote. Priests for Life endorsed Sam Brownback, who also dropped out.
Others are buying into the media hype that Congressman Ron
Paul does not have a chance. Perhaps the right-to-life issue itself does not
have a chance. Tell that to me and my friends who stand in the rain for the
right to life. Do Christian Values have a chance in these times?
The Jan. 28 issue of the Register had an excellent article,
“Ron Paul Draws Passionate Support,” regarding a man who, in my opinion, will
be in the race supporting the right for life to the very end of this
Source of Information
Tom McFeely’s article “Romney’s Religion” (Dec. 16) was
interesting and informative. I’m interested in politics even though I’m 13
and not able to vote yet. I’m currently living in Austria, and your
paper is where I get my news.
Before I read the article, I didn’t know much about
the Mormon faith. The big issues of its theology clearly are
different from Christianity. But even the little points struck me as odd.
The early 1800s are relatively recent
years, and a religion that’s new seems fishy to me. I think of
true religion as ancient.
New York State? Doesn’t quite sound like the Holy Land, does
Thanks for the good article. Keep up the good work.
I had to write after reading Mark Shea’s column “The
Risk of Love” (Jan. 20):
In making the valid point that human life is always sacred,
whether the life is an unborn child suffering from a serious problem like
anencephaly or a perfectly normal baby, he states, “It may be objected that an
anencephalic baby cannot appreciate our love. I would reply that a healthy baby
does not appreciate our love either, because a healthy baby has no more mind
than a baby born without a brain. The whole point of parenthood, especially in
its earliest stages, is radical self-giving (like Christ) to a being who is
wholly incapable of giving anything back besides a sucking reflex.”
I certainly do not argue with the position that parenthood
involves radical self-giving, but saying a healthy newborn baby has no mind is
contrary to my experience.
I am the mother of five children, all born to me, and all of
them were aware of me and their father at their birth. They were communicating,
they were looking into our eyes, and they gave back much more than a “sucking
One might like to ask his wife Janet, whom Shea mentions in
his article, whether she would agree that the only thing she received from
their babies was their sucking. This bizarre statement does not conform to
reality, and does not bolster Shea’s argument. In answering the objection that
an anencephalic baby cannot appreciate our love, I would reply that we have no
way of knowing that, that love is never wasted, that the baby’s eternal soul
will always know and remember ours.
I would not choose that moment to denigrate healthy
newborns, who can recognize voices and smells, who can make their wishes known,
who can respond to the warmth of human touch with peace and calm, and who can
share the gifts of themselves with their families, bringing an increase of love
to a world so lacking.
Colleen Boland Toder
New Paltz, New York
Catholic Book Fair
Regarding letter to the editor “Catholic Booksellers” (Jan.
The writer said that she is disappointed with the quality of
books offered by a familiar book fair company and asked the National Catholic Register
to provide information for parents of alternatives to the secular book fairs.
We at the Marian Center of Milwaukee have recently started a
Catholic book fair program for just this reason. We work with a school
coordinator and volunteers to customize the order form and number and mix of
titles based on the mix of students by grades. The reassuring aspect is that we
are careful to only provide materials that are in fidelity with the
I would encourage Jennifer and any other parents who want to
have a Catholic book fair to either contact us at the Marian Center of
Milwaukee or their local Catholic book store to facilitate a book fair that
they can be confident isn’t in conflict with their Catholic values.
Michael Groark, MJ
Marian Center of Milwaukee
Strength in Numbers
Regarding “March for Life” (Jan. 13):
I was born on the east side of Detroit at a time when
abortion was illegal, life was protected, kids felt safe and neighborhood
families cared for each other.
Because of my own security, the decision by the U.S. Supreme
Court to legalize abortion Jan. 22, 1973 did not have much of an impact on me
at the age of 5. Growing up in the home of an Irish Catholic father, a graduate
in the field of social work from Chicago’s Loyola University, and a pious,
traditional Lebanese mother, who taught underprivileged children in Detroit’s
public school system for years, the thought of legalizing the pre-planned
murder of innocent children was an idea that I would come to abhor.
For 35 years, the tables have been turned against the safety
and love of our American children.
Fortunately, the tide is changing, as is evidenced in
responses to surveys about the presidential race, that voters are no longer on
the fence. The clear-cut lines drawn between the two top Democratic and
Republican candidates on the issue of abortion is proof that the abortion issue
will affect the way voters vote.
The recent show of strength by 100,000 pro-life supporters
from around the country at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., was proof
voters are strongly united against abortion and in favor of change. As one
politician reminded us, for young people under the age of 35, the lives of
one-third of their generation have been snuffed out.
There is no chance for growth and prosperity if moral
relativism runs awry and a self-focused nation of overachievers stands idly by
while we kill off the next generation of men and women.
The country came together for change as Jew, Catholic,
Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical denominations joined congressmen and other
politicians to rally the crowds of older teens and college age voters chanting
“P-R-O-L-I-F-E, oh, ah, oh, ah!!” Fathers pushing baby strollers, young
seminarians and priests in black cassocks walked in step with Nurses for Life
and sisters in habits to send the same message: The horror of abortion must end
and, indeed, as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s 100% homicide track records
were advertised in posters, there shown more than just a ray of hope that the
next election may shape the politics of abortion in favor of change.
I have been a subscriber for a number of years and enjoy
reading the paper each week. It can be a real breath of fresh air for me since
I’m surrounded with a number of secular newspapers in New York.
I just wanted to let you know that the Jan. 20 edition of
this year was one of the best I have read. I have not paid close attention to
the presidential election, but this edition gave me a good introduction. I
especially enjoyed the featured article, “A Day in the Life of the Holy Father”
along with, “Vocation-Rich St. Louis to Expand Seminary” about the good news
that St. Louis has to expand their seminary.
I also enjoyed the article, “Evangelistic Zeal” about the
Church expansion in China and the faith-based diplomacy article, “Faith-Based
Diplomacy Yields Results.” Thank you for a terrific edition, along with the
great work each week.
Harrison, New York
In response to the letter to the editor “Catholic
Booksellers” of Jan. 27 regarding Scholastic book fairs and the need for book
fairs from Catholic book companies, I am happy to announce that Ignatius Press,
one of the largest Catholic publishers in the United States has launched, just
this month, the Ignatius Press Catholic Book and Film Fair for schools,
parishes and other Catholic organizations.
Ignatius supplies Catholic books, DVDs, CDs and other
materials for all ages to be sold on consignment by the host school, parish or
organization for fundraising purposes. The program was initiated in response to
the tremendous need conveyed to us by parents, teachers, priests, principals,
and DREs. More information is available at ipbookfairs.com.
Special Projects Coordinator
A story in the Feb. 3 issue of the Register incorrectly
referred to lawyer “Steve Bopp Jr.” His name is James. We apologize for the