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BY The Editors
can hardly believe I am reading what has happened to me for the past 20 years.
Selmys has her finger on the pulse of exactly the daily obstacles we face in
regard to our faith (“The Center Cannot Hold,” Sept. 20).
am a writer/actress, and my sister is the director of a museum in Miami Beach,
Fla. For years, I have sought my beloved (God) in art, but have found only
confusion dressed up in aesthetics — the postmodernist response to modernism.
as a student at Boston College, I walked around campus in a postmodernist haze
— Sartre, Marx, Nietzsche and Beckett swirling around me, mocking Truth. Why
weren’t the Gospels more prominent at BC?
“Reform: Health or Harm?” (Sept. 27):
Obama has shown a lack of ingenuity by copying the “40 Days for Life Prayer
Campaign” with his own version of “prayer” — “40 Days for Health Reform.”
similarities are remarkable. Take a look at 40DaysforLife.com and FaithinPublicLife.org
and see for yourself. The one major difference is “40 Days for Life” is asking
people to pray for an end to abortion and “40 Days for Health Reform” is asking
people to pray for health-care coverage that will pay doctors to perform
July 31, the Capps amendment, which explicitly states abortion will be funded
in some health-care plans, was passed. It is amazing how good people can be
duped into paying for something they would never want.
woman’s choice to abort her child stands in complete opposition to God’s choice
to create new life.
Yorba Linda, California
the editorial “We Cannot Live Without Sunday” (Sept. 20):
the Sabbath holy means that the Lord’s Day should be marked from beginning to
end by grateful and active remembrance of God’s saving work. Sunday is the day
of rediscovering the true nature and deep roots of joy. This joy should never
be confused with shallow feelings of satisfaction and pleasure, which, as in
the case of football and other sports, inebriate the senses and emotions
for a brief moment, but then leave the heart unfulfilled and perhaps even
the Christian view, joy is more enduring and consoling. It leads to a more
intense time of sharing and encouraging all the inventiveness of which
Christian charity is capable.
a day of rest, Sunday is a day in which we are called to withdraw from the
sometimes excessively demanding cycle of earthly tasks in order to renew our
awareness that everything is the work of God. In this way, Sunday becomes the
soul of the other days so that the perfect Christian is, in a sense, always in
the Lord’s Day.
Bishops Condone Sin
Sept. 13 issue of the Register contains an article entitled “N.J. Bishops
the list of bishops that signed the letter, it appears to be the
same group of hierarchy that favored the current Civil Union Law
in New Jersey granting homosexual partners the same rights as heterosexual
couples who are legally married.
the bishops of New Jersey have already condoned couples living in a
relationship where acts of sodomy may be tolerated, why are they pretending to
be concerned about same-sex “mar-riage”? When did the Roman Catholic
Church accept sodomy as an acceptable practice?
16 clearly relates the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah due its inhabitants
practicing the sins associated with homosexuality. When can we expect our
shepherds to truly lead us in teaching our true faith and morals?
James B. Keating
Belmar, New Jersey
Kennedy and Hyde
admit I am conflicted about “Edward Kennedy’s Catholic Legacy” (Sept. 6). On
Aug. 29, the annual Peoria Diocese (Ill.) meeting of parish pro-life
representatives was held. The day began with 9 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church
in Peoria with Bishop Daniel Jenky as the main celebrant. During his
encouraging homily, Bishop Jenky made the statement: “You can’t be both
Catholic and pro-abortion.”
that very moment, preparations were under way in Boston for a Mass of Christian
Burial for the late Sen. Kennedy, D-Mass. Kennedy was known for his adamant
support of nonnegotiable moral issues opposed by the Church (abortion, embryonic
stem-cell research and homosexual and lesbian “marriage”).
the funeral were such noted “practicing” Catholics as Vice President Joseph
Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both of whom support the aforementioned
Sunday, we prayed for Kennedy at our parish Mass. I don’t recall any prayers at
our parish for Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., at his passing. Hyde (1924-2007) was a
strong, courageous pro-life advocate.
it any wonder that we have a spiritual crisis in our Church today when clear
moral teachings are articulated by the hierarchy but are ignored in practice?
to “A Natural (Law) Communicator” (Sept. 27):
George H. W. Bush admitted that he was not good at “the vision thing.” But in
President Barack Obama we have an eloquently gifted man with a strong “vision”
for a future United States who has surrounded himself with aides similarly
directed and Chicago-trained to “not let a good crisis go to waste.” They work
for a man with a vision of a “new” United States, one of global leadership and
massive central government controlling in areas constitutionally off limits,
one who has a messianic complex about his role in reconstituting these United
States, thus explaining why a president would risk the financial stability of
the United States in seeking to complete a self-defined mission.
has a mission to recast the United States from “a voice of the people” to a
directive from the government. How else can one explain the appointment of so
many White House “czars,” officials given power by presidential appointment
rather than through the electoral process or senatorial approval?
Bill of Rights, Amendment X, states: “The powers not delegated to the United
States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to
the States respectively, or to the people.”
Constitution lists the executive’s responsibilities to specific areas. Nowhere
is found the White House authority to fire a private company’s CEO, to “own” an
automobile company, nor decide whether the amount of executive pay within a
company is appropriate.
is a man who campaigned for “change.” Now he governs to change — to the
detriment of this representative democracy.
is a promise he has kept — but in ways that we will regret.
William F. Brennan
Las Vegas, Nevada
Home Sweet Home
to “Church Awaits Word on Liturgical Reform” (Sept. 20):
the past year, I have been driving 32 miles to attend the traditional Latin
Mass each Sunday, and I am being treated to a veritable feast.
to the liturgy are the sight of most females wearing head covers, the personal
missals are in much evidence, the decorum is as reverent as anything I remember
from the years before my 40-year exile among Pentecostals, and the aroma of
sanctified incense wafting heavenward all tell me I am home, truly home.
J. Norman Sayles
My Sister’s Keeper/Kindle
to “Kindling the Fires of Faith” (Aug. 23): My daughter bought me a Kindle, and
so far I have downloaded Butler’s
Lives of the Saints, The
Douay-Rheims Bible and several about or written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
best part: It doesn’t take up room on your bookshelves, and you can always read
one of these anywhere you go.
the other hand, I was disappointed with the review of My Sister’s Keeper (“Bioethical Tearjerker Misses the Story,” Aug. 23). Joan Desmond
should have read the book first. It would have answered a lot of her questions.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I understand that they have done a “Hollywood
version” of it, and it didn’t have the depth that the book had.
Content on Kindle
“Kindling the Fires of Faith” (Aug. 23): I too am a Kindle user and made my
purchase in large part due to the ability to have a Catholic library in one
small package and already have Aquinas, Chesterton, Sheen, The Roman Catechism
(from the Council of Trent), Haydock Bible commentaries, Douay-Rheims
two important elements remain missing: a good modern Catholic Bible (NAB, New
Jerusalem) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It’s very disappointing
that these are not available, and I have even written to the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops about this and have received no response. A Catholic “library”
can’t be sufficient without these volumes.
Bruce J. Lull
Buffalo, New York
regard to your hope for an appropriate Lenten Message to Catholics from
President Obama (“Obama’s Ramadan Message,” Daily Blog, Aug. 21), I would say
just one thing: Don’t hold your breath.