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BY The Editors
Wake Up, Educators
Regarding “Teachers Within NEA Fight
for Life and Family” (Sept. 27): Thank you for the wake-up call. Professional
Educators of Iowa board member Charlotte Hunkele was printed in Celebrate
Life a few years ago. I am encouraged and hope you keep pounding on
this issue because teachers all across the nation are ignorant and deceived.
Professional Educators of Iowa will help you any way we can.
Educators of Iowa
Regarding the Oct. 4 story “Acorn’s
Fall?”: Why would the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ever have given
millions of dollars in the past to the left-wing advocacy group Acorn?
This was a revelation in your story and very disappointing.
Groups that support one political
party or the other should not be the recipient of any Church
funds. Acorn’s past record of illegal activity and support of
Democrat candidates speaks for itself.
The Mind of Man
Regarding “Lutheran No More” (Daily
Blog, Sept. 26):
Did you ever ponder what is going on
in the minds of our fellow citizens these days? Christians vote to allow active
homosexuals to become clergy. Republicans put pro-choice, pro-gay rights,
popular candidates up to try to get moderate/Democratic votes in a N.Y.
district. A girl (some years back, actually) sues the Boy Scouts for only
allowing boys. (She likes the boys’ program better than the Girl Scouts.’)
Decisions that completely ignore the
principles and reasons for being in order to bring in more people or get
something one wants — what does that say about a logical thinking process and a
It is not that hard to lose one’s
soul or one’s country.
The Villages, Florida
Regarding “View From the House”
(Oct. 4): It is difficult, if not impossible, to accept President Obama’s
allegation that if health-care reform becomes law, there will be no public
funding of abortion within the proposal, implying either in the present or
Obama is the most radical
pro-abortion chief executive our nation has ever had. His position is so
extreme that as an Illinois state senator he voted twice against having
medical individuals — on hand — during an abortion procedure so that if the
unborn survived the abortion procedure every effort would be made to keep the
Later, as a state senator, he also
voted against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
Obama’s hostile attitude toward the
most innocent and defenseless of unborn children will — in time — be a profound
blight on his political legacy.
I read with interest the article “Church Awaits Word on
Liturgical Reform” (Sept. 20).
I have to side with those who feel
that many valuable things were lost in the haste to invoke change for change’s
sake after the Second Vatican Council.
It makes me wonder whether there
might also be some consideration for reinstating the valuable tradition of a
pre-Communion fast, which has been whittled away little by little over the last
40 years. I have been to a number of Catholic events in recent years where a
meal was served immediately before Mass, when it could just as easily have been
right after Mass, and no one, least of all the priests, raised an eyebrow.
If breakfast is at 8 a.m., Mass is
at 8:30, and the conference starts at 9, I am left with a choice of forgoing
Communion or fasting (or at best snacking) until lunch.
there are some dioceses that continue to require a token one-hour fast, I would
like to submit that a fast of one hour is no fast at all. How many of us can
wake up at 6:45, be breakfasted and out the door by 7:30, and spend an hour on the
commute to the office? If we don’t grab one last donut before we sit down at
the desk at 8:30, would we say that we had fasted before work? For a fast to be
a fast it should involve abstention from food that one would otherwise normally
have eaten. That is not the case for any who finish their last bite of
breakfast at 7:59 and make it to the 9 a.m. Mass.
In one of Pope John Paul II’s visits
to Poland after the fall of Communism, he observed how rapidly consumerism was
overwhelming the country, and he remarked something to the effect that “not
everything that comes from the West is necessarily good.”
I think we could easily replace
“from the West” with “from the post-Vatican II changes.”
Regarding the Nobel Peace Prize
being awarded to President Barack Obama (“A Very Political Nobel Prize,” Daily
Blog, Oct. 9):
God spoke through the Prophet
Jeremiah in warning many centuries ago: “Peace, peace, they say, though there
is no peace.”
I find it appalling that Obama would
be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama supports institutionalized and
systematic murder through embryonic stem-cell research and abortion. He
supports homosexuality, which thwarts the natural generation of life. Since
being sworn in as president, he has stockpiled his administration with “culture
of death” advocates — one of whom is a registered communist.
He rigorously supports a winless war
in Afghanistan, has taken over — in dictatorial fashion — major American banks
and the car industry, and is trying to introduce socialized health care with
death panels that encourage euthanasia. Only recently he snubbed the Dalai Lama
and proclaimed that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation.
short, Obama has been installing a totalitarian form of government in the
United States and promoting it throughout the world. For this he is given an
award for peace.
winning the peace prize shows these prizes are political, not governed by the
principles of credibility, values and morals.
Reason to Disbelieve
only thing to say and do about Obama’s Peace Prize is nothing. Ignore it. The
Nobel organization prostituted itself years ago at the altar of liberal
political expediency with some earlier Peace Prize selections. It has added
another reason to believe it has continued to deteriorate into a propaganda
piece for the enemies of freedom and democracy.
as if it doesn’t exist.
Catholic or ‘Catholic’
to “Cardinal Newman Society: Boston College Required to Provide Contraceptives”
(Daily Blog, Oct. 9): Loyola Marymount is also “required” to provide
contraception for faculty and staff — plus domestic partner benefits. So, by
California law, is Thomas Aquinas College. Except TAC doesn’t. That’s because
TAC is a Catholic school. LMU isn’t, except nominally. So it goes.
Sharing the Wealth
to Melinda Selmys’ postmodernism series:
local paper had a report: “Smash Mouth helps smash suicide stigma in
Barrington” [Illinois]. Barrington is one of the richest
blue-blood areas in the U.S., yet four students from
the high school took their lives in the last two years.
The Smash Mouth event was “to lead to a healthier environment and
lesson that needs to be realized: Humans are hardwired to share and give away
excess wealth; as we see, there are many nouveaux riches, actors, sports
figures and music icons who, through drugs, were looking for happiness in all
the wrong places and could not adjust to their new wealth.
role models like Bono, Bill Gates, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother
Teresa and St. Francis found that the only money you can take with you when you
die is what you give away — and they all seemed happy.
Arlington Heights, Illinois
the second week there is news of the commencing apostolic visitation for vowed
religious (“Religious Q and A,” Oct. 4; “Asked to Chip In,” Oct. 11). I must
confess that I am very happy to see it happening, and I hope that at the end
there will be some news of the findings similar to what there is on Catholic
For some years now, almost all the
dealings I have had with various orders of nuns, with the sterling exception of
the Sisters of Life, have left me wondering about the holiness and faithfulness
of these women. They have seemed to me to have a women’s lib agenda and fall
into what has been described as “cafeteria Catholicism,” not faithful to the
magisterium in every way.
are various retreats offered from time to time that are led by nuns, and after
attending one led by nuns of the aforementioned type, I am leery to attend any
is sad that I am put off of by what might be a wonderful, enriching experience
because of the faithful ones being tarred by the same brush as the unfaithful
ones in my mind.
even worse, I have a young friend who seeks to join a religious order and is
visiting many orders. There have been some so liberal that my friend says that
if she had visited them first, she would give up entirely the idea of becoming
a nun, so discouraged would she be about what it is to be a vowed religious.
this is to say that I long for God’s people to be holy:
the priests, because if holy priests do not lead the people, how can they be
holy brothers and sisters who give example by their lives.
holy laypeople, faithful witnesses to God’s love for all.
a recent education article, Merrimack College was identified as being in New
Hampshire; it is in Massachusetts. The Register regrets the error.