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BY The Editors
It appears to me that the Catholic
News Service story about the early retirement of Bishop Joseph Martino of
Scranton, Pa., was subtly slanted to denigrate him (“Bishop’s Early
Retirement,” Sept. 13).
For example, the article said that
Bishop Martino’s “outburst” during his “unannounced appearance” at a parish
forum in Wayne County “created dismay among many of the forum’s attendees.”
Bishop Martino’s “outburst” (“There
is one teacher in this diocese”) was a blunt but accurate statement of Catholic
doctrine regarding the status of bishops’ conferences. These conferences have
no inherent authority, while a bishop in his diocese has God-given authority.
So what if his appearance was
Does the pastor of his diocese have
to ask permission to speak?
St. John the Baptist was also known
for some “unannounced appearances” and “outbursts.”
This forum was one in which some
Catholics openly supported pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama. However, the audience
was divided: Bishop Martino’s justified “outburst” generated applause as well
as “dismay” in the crowd.
Then there was the contrast between
Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Del., and Bishop Martino. Has Bishop
Malooly’s “active engagement and dialogue” with Joe Biden been effective?
Biden has never made a retraction of
his public statement, on national television, that Roe v.
Wade was “a good compromise,” allowing abortion in the first
trimester. This statement is both scandalous (How is any allowance of abortion
“good”?) and a bald-faced lie, since Roe v. Wade made
abortion available at any stage of pregnancy.
From the start, Bishop Martino faced
enormous opposition in the Scranton Diocese, an ostensibly Catholic area that,
in one election after another, has consistently backed the pro-abortion
I regard his departure from Scranton
as a chastisement permitted by God for the sins of the people.
May Our Lord reward him for his
It was with joy that my wife and I
received the Oct. 11 issue that featured the article “Hudson Highlands,” along
with a photo of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Military
Having two sons attending West
Point, we frequently make trips from Texas to West Point to visit.
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel is
an icon as well as an inspiration for us. It is a really gratifying experience
to attend Mass at West Point and experience the Army Catholic family. We would
highly recommend it for anybody who has the opportunity.
We are glad that the writer of this
article found Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel as special of a place as do my
bride and I.
Go Army! Beat Navy!
and Mary Cashion
“Project Rachel Celebrates 25th
Anniversary” (Oct. 11) was a fine article on Vicki Thorn, who is to be
commended for 25 years of work in the post-abortion ministry, but something she
said at the end of the article gave me pause.
While speaking about men and
abortion, Vicki said, “We’ve put men into women’s models. It’s likely that a
men’s model will be more of a one-to-one ministry.”
The Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., has
been involved in post-abortion healing for the last 13 years, through Project
Rachel and offering Rachel’s Vineyard retreats. (We will be having our 50th in
January 2010.) I have to tell you that unless you have experienced a weekend
with both men and women you really can’t judge the effectiveness of the retreat
experience on both men and women.
While Project Rachel is just
recently (and thankfully) coming to see the pain that men suffer and
ministering to them, Rachel’s Vineyard weekends have always included men — and
have seen the great benefit in the interaction between men and women on the
It is so healing for the women to
see men grieving: to hear their stories, whether they tried to stop the
abortion or were complicit in the act. And the men: They are so moved by the
intensity of the grief in the women and themselves, something I don’t think can
happen in any one-on-one counseling.
I just thought some clarification
was needed, as I would never want to see a man turned off to coming on a
weekend retreat because someone as well-known in post-abortion healing as Vicki
Thorn might think his healing was better served in a one-on-one model; rather,
I think men’s healing greatly benefits from both models. My heart is in the
post-abortion healing ministry, and I’m all about getting people to come for
the healing and reconciliation that the Lord so wants to give!
Thank you for all that your
newspaper does to bring light in the darkness where all life issues are concerned,
especially post-abortion healing!
of Newark, New Jersey
are witnessing a great division along political lines within our
nation, and similarly within our Catholic Church. Father John
Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, is an example of this
awarded our pro-abortion president a law degree, he will now attend the March
for Life to show that he is still pro-life (“Pro-Life Initiative,” Oct.
the Church there is a polarization between “life
issues” and “social justice” issues. This goes back to the rejection
of Humanae Vitae in 1968, when a majority of the
world’s bishops argued against this traditional teaching that one may not
use artificial means to regulate births. This opened a door to all sorts
of abuses, as Pope Paul VI had foretold. (If one may artificially
become “sterile” to prevent births, there can be “homosexual unions,”
which are naturally sterile. If one can reject a baby by contraception, one can
also reject a particular baby by abortion.)
was legalized — within five years of acceptance of the idea of
contraception. Those priests and bishops who had accepted contraception
also chose to find excuses to ignore the evil of abortion on the grounds that
it “helped” women.
many nations are dying off due to very low birthrates because they have
refused to honor God’s first command: “Be fruitful and multiply.”
a letter in the Oct. 18 issue, one of your readers bemoaned the use of the term
Roman Catholic (‘Simply Catholic’), claiming
that it is scorned by some, resented by others and causes division. He wishes
its use would go away. This is not likely to happen, and here’s why.
February of 2006, 55 of 73 Catholic members of the U.S. House of
Representatives signed a carefully crafted “statement of principles” that
effectively declared their independence from the Catechism of Catholic Doctrine
and from spiritual leadership of the pope. They claim the right to define their
own morality. This group represents 75% of the Catholics in the House.
leader of this group and speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was among the
first to greet Pope Benedict upon his arrival in Washington last April, kissing
his ring as he stepped off the airplane. She took advantage of this photo-op to
demonstrate to 70 million American Catholics that she was first among equals —
“Ms. Catholic.” Yet, she denies him.
have a democratically elected government, which means that our representatives
speak for us.
the extent that Catholic members of government represent constituencies that
are in a Catholic majority, we can conclude that a vast number of American
Catholics have also broken from Rome. Therefore, the name “Catholic” is
nondescript at best and renegade at worst.
accept the Catechism of Catholic Doctrine in its entirety and remain loyal to
the bishop of Rome. Therefore, I am Roman Catholic by definition. It is a title
of which I am proud, and I shall not abandon it. Possibly 25% of American
Catholics feel the same way.
seemed ironic to me that at the same time your article (“Faith Is the New
Countercultural,” Sept. 13) is encouraging Catholics “to be countercultural,”
you illustrate the article with a happy, smiling, zero-population-growth,
Shutterstock have a standard happy, smiling four or five-child family?
am reminded of a classic U.N. Population Fund campaign from the ’90s aimed at
Turkey. It had two drawings of a family. One drawing portrayed a happy,
well-dressed, three-child family sitting at a table full of food and showing a
television, a refrigerator and a computer in various parts of the
background. The other portrayed the same family in the same room, but with
six children. Everyone was sad, their clothes were shabby, the appliances
were gone, and the plaster on the walls was cracking.
think the message is clear. If the United Nations uses these types of
illustrations to attack multi-child families, they understand that
illustrations make a strong impression.
the Register have an obligation to practice what it preaches and promote the
Catholic family visually at the same time that it is promoting
counterculturalism in print?