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BY The Editors
to “For Humanae Vitae, Life Begins at 40” (May 25):
Vitae” (May 25) reports on the Pope’s defense of
the Church’s teaching against contraception. His remarks were made in
anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae
(The Regulation of Birth), which takes place on July 25.
of course, are intended to prevent conception. In many instances, however,
they fail in their primary task, but in the case of the birth control
pill, this failure can subsequently be made up when the pill causes the
death of a newly conceived child.
control pills are intended to prevent conception by suppressing ovulation.
They also can act to prevent conception by reducing the ability of the
sperm to reach and fertilize the ovum. Both of these mechanisms can and
when this happens, the pill is designed with a third function, which is
to affect the lining of the uterus in a way which prevents the
fertilized ovum from implanting there. This last function can be
designated a chemical abortion.
Guttmacher Institute, a Planned Parenthood affiliate, is the primary source for
abortion statistics. They have a strong bias against acknowledging that
contraceptives ever cause abortions, and so the vast number of abortions
induced by birth control pills do not get recorded as such by Guttmacher.
its reports covering the most recent 10 years, it says there have been about 13
million abortions of all types. In comparison, the American Life
League calculates that birth control pills and similar products, by
themselves, have caused 70 million chemical abortions over
the 10-year span, which is more than five times the Guttmacher figure for
all types of abortions.
January this year, pro-lifers celebrated reports that the abortion rate (as
announced by Guttmacher) had fallen to 1.2 million in 2005.
Guttmacher did acknowledge that some types of chemical abortions
(i.e. RU-486) were gaining in popularity, nothing was said about chemical
abortions induced by birth control pills, which each year kill additional
millions of pre-born babies.
Charles O. Coudert
Platform Divides Voters
“DNC Response: Democrats Are People of Faith” (May 25):
the core values of the Democratic Party really in line with key Catholic
teachings as John Kelly says in his article? Meeting the needs of the poor,
caring for the sick, supporting families and promoting peace certainly are, but
core values must also include how these ends are to be accomplished.
Democratic Party’s solutions are government hand-out programs that historically
have destroyed people’s willingness to work, paid for by high taxes; free
health care for all citizens and non-citizens, wealthy and poor alike, paid for
by high taxes; military unpreparedness; forced unionization; and punitive
restrictions on the profit-making sector of our nation, the driving force
behind our economy. These solutions are less those of the Catholic Church than
they are of the completely secular ACLU, which began its existence as an arm of
the Communist Party.
believe the Catholic Church prefers social policies that foster jobs and the
dignity of work allowing strong unified families to stay together and care for
each other, strong religious and other private charitable institutions willing
and able to provide needed care, a nation’s right to defend its citizens from
aggression, and the proper use of all natural resources for the benefit of all.
looks back to the ethnic Catholics of the ’60s and previous generations and
says they were Democrats, and to a great extent he is correct. Which of the
above solutions did they support? If you’re old enough you know it was not the
currently espoused positions of the Democratic Party.
denies the soul of the Democratic Party is secular. How then does he describe
its denial of the most basic right of all — the right of life? How then does
Kelly describe the Democratic Party’s welcoming of sodomy, basic to male
homosexual relations? I dare say these are the “few issues” that Kelly says is
“part of a dwindling movement to use religion to divide voters.”
you have read the Democratic Party platform you know that it promotes abortion
and promotes homosexual “marriage.” If you have read the Catechism of the
Catholic Church, you know that it condemns both. Since the Catholic Church has
always condemned them, as did most other Christian religions until only
recently, it seems to me that the Democratic Party’s fairly recent espousal of
them, not religion, is what has divided voters.
John F. Oppie
you for publishing John Kelly’s article, Regarding “DNC Response: Democrats Are
People of Faith” (May 25), regarding positions taken by the Democratic National
Committee on Catholic faith and teaching, and the upcoming election and its
makes it sound so easy to support the Democratic agenda, and still remain a
faithful Catholic, that we are left to wonder why this isn’t such an obvious
choice for all. And yet, by the words that he left unspoken, it is rather
simple, and obvious.
of our rights — the right to clean water, reasonable health care, the freedom
to do what we ought — begin with the right to life. No faithful Catholic can
spin this any other way, though as we see through the illuminating story of
John Kelly and the DNC, they will still try.
political party has attained perfection, and never will. Yet by supporting the
current Democrats running for president, Kelly tacitly supports the unlimited
right to take the most vulnerable and precious of human lives — the loved and
unborn. How can one look in the mirror, much less face God when confronted with
to Kelly, it seems there is a moral equivalency that other issues, when
collected and quantified, equal or surpass the right to life. Catholic teaching
does not agree, as Kelly should know.
are other denominations that will take in those who find the “moral
equivalency” argument persuasive and appealing. “Thank the Maker,” as my wife
would say, that the Catholic Church is not one of them.
Port Angeles, Washington
“DNC Response: Democrats Are People of Faith” (May 25):
Kelly reflects the shortsightedness of too many Catholics who claim allegiance
to the Democratic Party. Kelly cannot see the forest any longer for the trees.
dismisses Mark Stricherz’s comments in the April 6 issue that the soul of the
Democratic Party is still secular by stating Stricherz attempts to reduce the
values and concerns of people of faith down to only a few issues is part of a
dwindling movement to use religion to divide voters.
states that the Democratic Party realizes that life does not end at birth. Well
he seems to have forgotten that life begins at conception!
the feel-good issues Kelly mentions: creating a society that meets the needs of
the poor, caring for the sick, supporting families, promoting peace, sustaining
our environment, economic social justice, and health care coverage for all, are
common beliefs of all major religions and even beliefs of people with no
Catholic faith has no monopoly on these issues. What sets Catholicism apart is
the Church’s unending/unchanging belief in the infinite value of each and every
human life from conception to natural death.
Catholic Church’s five non-negotiables mean just that. Candidates and governing
parties only deserve a vote from a Catholic if they adhere to the culture of
life. Otherwise all is lost and of no value.
is not just my opinion but the opinion of our popes, bishops and the entire
teaching history of our Catholic faith.
be very careful who one votes for if they sponsor or have voted for legislation
that approves of: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research,
homosexual “marriage” or human cloning.
to “They Paid the Ultimate Price” (May 25):
Memorial Day prayers without a passing reference to God must be difficult to
do, but apparently it was accomplished at the recent televised Memorial Day
ceremony at Washington, D.C.
Day was established to commemorate the dead, especially those killed in wars,
and was not meant to be a festival or a barbeque. We probably would not be
allowed to call Memorial Day a holiday if atheists were to realize the word
holiday is the politically correct word for holy day, days designated by the
Church years ago to honor saints and give peasants days off.
West Nyack, New York
the June 15-21 issue of the Register, the article “The Rule of the Father”
stated incorrectly that the Eastern Church allows priests to marry. The Eastern
Church does not allow priests to marry, but allows married men to become
priests. Married priests may not become bishops. The Register regrets the