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BY The Editors
Reminders for Blair
I wish to express my deep sadness at the news reported in
your Sept. 30 issue, “Blair and Catholics,” that Tony Blair was invited to
speak at the Al Smith dinner on Oct. 18.
One would presume that no speaker would be invited to a
Catholic event whose views on the sanctity of life and the sacredness of
marriage are directly contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Unfortunately, this is the case with Tony
Mr. Blair consistently supported abortion on demand and embryonic
stem-cell research while serving as prime minister of Great Britain. In
addition, his government began the authorization of same-sex “marriages,” as
well as a policy requiring Catholic schools to refrain from speaking against
the morality of homosexual relationships.
Regardless of whether Mr. Blair has attended Mass, his
support for these anti-life and anti-family policies makes his appearance at a
prestigious Catholic fund-raising event inappropriate in the extreme.
If it is true that Mr. Blair is considering entry into the
Catholic Church, then it is appropriate to remind him that no faithful Catholic
can give support to the destruction of innocent human life, nor can any sincere
Catholic fail to recognize marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one
For good measure, Mr. Blair should be reminded that his
efforts to pressure Catholic schools, and his attempts to force Catholic
agencies to open the door to gay adoptions, are violations of religious
Father Gary Sumpter
In Father Andrew McNair’s article titled “The Reality of the
Devil” in the Oct. 28 issue, he mentioned that “the occult movement of Satanism
ranks No. 1 one among teens and young adults as their preferred spirituality.”
I would be very interested to know what other readers see
that would affirm this statement. Maybe shed some more light on a growing
popularity. I don’t have very close contact with the younger generation, only
my peers and they are practicing Catholics. Perhaps the Register would sponsor
a poll. Thanks for your consideration.
Mount Rainier, Maryland
Regarding “For All the Saints” (Oct. 28):
Your reference to the video God in the Streets of New York
mistakenly attributed it to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. While we love
the bearded friars, the video was actually produced by Grassroots Films of
Brooklyn, N.Y. — the independent film company behind the vocations film Fishers
of Men and the upcoming release The Human Experience. We have been overwhelmed
by the success of God in the Streets of New York City and its role in inspiring
a revival of Eucharistic processions.
Producer, Grassroots Films
Brooklyn, New York
Protecting Gay Rights
Regarding “School Abuse Crisis” (Oct. 28):
I give the Associated Press only partial credit for exposing
teacher sex abuse in public schools. The three-part AP series cited 2,500 cases
of sexual abuse by teachers over a five-year period. Those are shocking
statistics that make the clergy abuse scandals look miniscule by comparison.
Nevertheless, that is not the most shocking news. What is
most shocking is the AP’s failure to proportionately report cases of homosexual
abuse in the schools.
According to the Empirical Journal of Same-Sex Sexual
Behavior, 35% of all sexual abuse cases in U.S. schools involve homosexual men
and male students. In the seven English-speaking countries the journal
researched, 43% of abuse cases involved homosexual predators.
Here’s how the AP reported the story:
The first installment in the AP series highlighted nine
cases of sexual abuse by teachers. Seven involved male teachers and female
students. One involved a female teacher and a male student. Only one of the
nine cases involved a male teacher and male student.
The second article was devoted solely to heterosexual abuse,
citing 20 cases involving a male teacher and a female student.
The third installment cited two cases, both involving male
teachers and female students. So, of the 31 cases, only one involved homosexual
abuse, and that case was buried deep in the article where most readers never
From the Associated Press’ point of view, the public school
crisis appears to be almost entirely heterosexual. The way it was reported, it
might appear that only 3% of cases involved homosexual teachers. Talk about
The reality is that more than one-third of all cases involve
homosexual predators and male students. There is a more than one-in-three
chance that if your male child is molested at a public school, he will be
molested by a homosexual male teacher. Why wasn’t that newsworthy?
Don’t be surprised. The mass media also failed to report the
true nature of the clergy abuse crisis in the Church. An independent study
found that 81% of all clergy sexual abuse was committed by homosexual (not
pedophile) priests who preyed on boys at or above the age of puberty. The
media, though, mischaracterized that as a pedophilia crisis.
Bad as it is, the big story here is not teacher sexual
abuse. It is the media’s continual protection of the homosexual rights agenda
by slanted reporting. Aided by a sympathetic media, the homosexual rights
agenda moves forward with lightning speed, mostly unopposed by a sleeping
In California, the governor just signed into a law a bill
that prohibits use the words “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife” in
schools because they might suggest something wrong with other “family”
arrangements. It’s complete madness.
On the national level, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill
that will criminalize speaking out against homosexuality. This shows how
powerful the homosexual rights movement has become.
So powerful, it may succeed in trumping the First Amendment
right to free speech while simultaneously destroying the sanctity of marriage.
It’s time to get off our pews and confront lawmakers.
Send a Message
Regarding the letter “No Way Means No Way” (Nov. 4): His
suggestion that we “unite and declare” that if Rudy is nominated we will all
vote for the Democratic nominee is incredible!
Vote for a party that has been a firm supporter of all
things that run contrary to pro-life philosophies? Yeah, that will teach those
Republicans! And what do we get in the meantime? A party running the country
who shares none of our values.
Seems to me there are other ways to “get the message” to the
Republican National Committee — like voting all present representatives out of
office and finding those who do share our values.
Marye Pat Skinner
Regarding “Pro-Lifers on Rudy: ‘No Way’” (Oct 7) and a
recent letter, “No Way Means No Way” (Nov 4):
Perhaps there is a “way” as in “lesser of two evils.”
If Rudy Giuliani is the Republican nominee in 2008, and
pro-lifers walk, then the Democrats (Hillary Clinton) will win. And this would
be a catastrophe for the pro-life movement.
But pro-lifers don’t have to walk. There are differences
between Rudy and Hilary.
Rudy has promised to appoint strict constructionist judges
(like Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia). I also believe that Rudy will
maintain current restrictions on federal funding for abortions. The
Republican base will force him to do this (if necessary).
I agree we can’t be absolutely certain about Rudy. But we
can be absolutely certain about Hillary.
Editor’s Note: We don’t think pro-lifers need to give up on the
battle for the primaries before they even begin. No nominee has been chosen
yet. It is not time to compare Rudy Giuliani to Hillary Clinton. It is time to
compare him to the other Republican nominees.
Susan E. Wills blows the lid off the pink-ribbon fallacy in
her poignant and well-written piece “Fully Aware” (Oct. 28), which so clearly
cited the holes in the battle against Breast Cancer.
As a mother of four who is in constant contact with the
subject, I think a thank-you hardly suffices. My only hope is that Ms. Wills’
sage findings reach out to the secular world, which is so naively fueling
the so-called “race for the cure.”
This column needs to be left in coffee houses and day care
centers, synagogues and evangelical churches, school faculty rooms, parks and
fitness centers so that all women can learn the Good News of God’s divine plan
for human sexuality.
Sadly, Catholic women are often also turning a blind eye
towards the evils of the Pill.
I am deeply saddened to see my fellow sisters in
Christ, whose medical providers profit from the big business of oral
contraception, submit in ignorance to the evils of medicine.
This can turn around when more Catholic doctors expand with
confidence their medical practice to embrace the culture of life, and when
families in turn seek out faith-based family physicians.
Jennifer C. Bioche
The tagline of the column by Rev. Deacon Thomas J. Davis Jr.
in the Nov. 11 issue of the Register incorrectly stated that he is a moral
theologian and trade regulation attorney.