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BY John Lilly
Out — Here Comes November
Regarding “Pro-Life Gains at Risk”
To call Democrat Robert Casey Jr.,
a senatorial candidate in Pennsylvania,
“nominally pro-life” — pointing out that he supported a “Democratic filibuster
of several pro-life judges” — is unfair because you fail to mention that his
Republican opponent, Sen. Rick Santorum, has also done pro-abortion acts.
Santorum twice supported and
campaigned for his fanatically pro-abortion friend, Sen. Arlen Specter. Most
recently, Santorum openly worked against pro-life Republican Representative Pat
Toomey in the Pennsylvania GOP primary — a race that Toomey narrowly lost to
The fact that Santorum betrayed
pro-lifers is the reason that some Pennsylvania
pro-lifers are sitting out this fall’s senatorial election.
It is a case of pro-lifer vs.
pro-lifer and the National Catholic Register should give us unbiased and
complete reporting on it.
When will you try to be less
unfair in dealing with candidates who do not share your tunnel
vision? The most egregious recent example is your front-page piece
“Pro-Life Gains at Risk” (June 4-10).
All of the Republican incumbents/candidates are
referred to as pro-life. Of the 22 Democrats, one is described
as “millionaire Jim Pederson” — and all the others
as ”pro-abortion,” not as “pro-choice,” which defines the
position of all of whom I am aware.
And how many hundreds of photos
did you have to go through to cherry-pick the ones shown? I’ve
never seen more flattering pictures of the kleptocrats Frist and Santorum. Strebenow and Durbin,
on the other hand, look absolutely manic. Shame on you!
And what, pray tell, is
the twice-mentioned “pro-abortion Emily’s list”? (It’s mentioned once in
the singular possessive and once in the plural.)
A practicing Catholic for my 79
years, I cringe to think that others might associate me with spokespersons like
you and that ubiquitous loudmouth from the Catholic League.
D. E. Duggan
Editor’s note: Emily’s List is a group founded
to fund pro-abortion candidates. Its name is an acronym for a campaigning
axiom: “Early Money Is Like Yeast.” As to other
matters raised in these letters, see the editorial.
Yes to Cursillo
Regarding “‘Little Course,’ Big
Impact: The Cursillo Movement” (May 28-June 3):
Many thanks for covering the Cursillo Movement in the sixth installment of your Parishes and Movements series.
After two years
of being asked (and gently persuaded) by my sponsor — who also happens to be my
dad — I said Yes to Cursillo and made my weekend
What a powerful word for being only three letters! By saying Yes to Cursillo (and therefore Yes to Christ), my mind, heart and
soul experienced his living, loving presence like no other time in my
I always knew that moving
mountains and parting seas was a cinch for God, but had no idea he could be so
subtle and sweet. He spoke to me so personally, it scared me. How could anyone
possibly understand me on this deep a level? You mean to tell me that I’m not
“Human Species No. 3T7100P-56G” but rather a precious child of God’s named
Lindsey Elizabeth Nelson, with Lindsey Elizabeth Nelson’s quirks, needs,
problems and dreams?
It was a pivotal moment in the way
I perceived God’s all-encompassing compassion and knowingness. God is not
“one-size-fits-all.” He certainly has the power to fit all, but is not only one
The Catholic faith is so much more
real to me after Cursillo, especially Communion. The
living presence of Christ, that soul medicine we all desperately need, is such a gift. To
know that we can receive him in this manner: What words can express this
Cursillo must be experienced to be fully
appreciated. I encourage any Catholic who wants to deepen his or her faith to
consider the Cursillo Weekend. First, talk with
a Cursillista (we are very enthusiastic people).
Next, read the movement’s publications. Then pray about it. And remember, as
I’ve learned, that it only takes a heartfelt Yes to experience the profound
love of Christ.
Uraah! Grunt Padre
I saw your article on Father
Vincent Capodanno, who was our chaplain while we were
(“He Died With His Men,” May 28-June 3). I am the
webmaster for the website of Lima Company 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, whose link
appears below. This is a website for the men of our company who served in Vietnam between
1966 and 1971. Our mission now is to remember the men who gave their all for
God and country. This story will give all the men of the company pride for
their “Grunt Padre.”
Thank you very much for this
article. There are many of the Marines with Lima
who knew Father Capodanno and this will
be very good news. This story will be a major topic of conversation
at our upcoming reunion.
Mrs. Clinton, Up Close
In “Election Year ‘To
Do’ List” (Editorial, June 4-10), No. 3 urges readers to write letters to
the editor, and that’s what I’m doing.
According to a May 17 article in Newsday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton,
D-N.Y., told her supporters that she would seek a “middle ground” on the
abortion issue. It is hoped that no one would be misled by her transparent
Clinton somehow believes that, by liberalizing birth control, the
number of abortions would be reduced. She then proceeds to blame the Republican
Party if it fails to heed her advice — resulting, according to Clinton, in more abortions taking place.
It is worth noting that the junior
senator from New York
has achieved one of the highest ratings given to members within the United
States Senate by the abortion lobby.
To the best of my knowledge, Clinton has never
modified any of her extreme positions on abortion, such as her ongoing support
for partial-birth abortion, a horrific procedure that former New York City
Mayor Ed Koch describes as “infanticide.”
Pope John Paul II took a different
view on this issue from Clinton.
In his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), he stated:
“The negative values inherent in
the contraceptive mentality are such that they in fact strengthen this
temptation [abortion] when an unwanted life is conceived. Indeed, the
pro-abortion culture is especially strong precisely where the Church’s teaching
on contraception is rejected.”
Further discussion on Clinton’s above proposal
would seem to be in order between now and election-day — and beyond.
West Islip, New York
The Medium Isn’t the Message
Thank you for
“Same Gospel, New Technology” (June 4-10). I think daily Mass should be an ideal for every
Catholic, but since many cannot make it there — and for those who can — these
offerings on the Internet of Mass readings, Divine Office and so on can be a
beneficial spiritual resource.
I should like to mention one
other. At hermitinthecity.libsyn.com, readers are offered daily podcasts of expositions on the Mass readings. The text of
the podcasts is taken from a book that carries
an imprimatur. The book, Our Daily Bread:
Exposition of the Readings of Catholic Mass, is my own, and the imprimatur
is from Archbishop John Myers of Newark,
I do hope people will find the
work inspirational. I tried to keep close to the Scripture and penetrate it as
best I could, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak.
Another note: I am a member of
Disciples with Microphones, founded by one of your reporters, Carlos Briceño, and dedicated to evangelization through the media,
especially radio and podcasting.
Jersey City, New Jersey
Regarding the letter to the editor
titled “Words to the Wise” (May 14-20):
states, “Maronite Rite priests can marry.”
Oh, how wrong he is! I often go to
the local Maronite Catholic parish, which is one of
the Eastern Catholic churches. The Eastern-Rite tradition is that married men
may be ordained. But no Catholic or Orthodox Church allows an already-ordained
priest to get married.
The Register should have replied
to this false information.
Fayetteville, North Carolina