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BY John Lilly
At What Cost, Faith Nights?
I would like to point out one
important fact about “faith nights” that I feel Catholics should be aware of
before attending (“God, Country and Baseball,” July 2-8).
I need to preface my comments by
explaining that I work for a Catholic radio station that broadcasts throughout
the Buffalo, N.Y., area. We were approached by Third
Coast Sports, the organizer of faith nights, this past winter about sponsoring
three faith nights they are holding this summer at Buffalo Bisons
baseball games. (The Bisons are the Triple-A
affiliate of the Cleveland Indians). We were initially interested in sponsoring
these events to better promote our radio station and foster Christ’s teachings
to many individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have heard the Gospel. However, just
prior to the first faith night in Buffalo,
we were informed that one of Third Coast Sports’ national sponsors for these
events was World Vision.
To those of you don’t know, World
Vision is one of the largest Christian relief organizations and, while they do
a great deal of good, they openly promote the use of artificial contraceptives.
Realizing this, our radio station opted not to sponsor the faith-night events
While we fully commend Third Coast
Sports on their mission and ingenuity for bringing Christian values to
professional sporting events, we cannot support an event that is also sponsored
by an organization that promotes values contrary to Catholic teaching. As a
Catholic apostolate charged with fostering the truths of Jesus Christ and the
Catholic Church, we must uphold these teachings, no matter the situation.
Although it is probably not the intention of Third Coast Sports to promote the
use of contraceptives, they are indirectly encouraging this immoral practice by
their relationship with World Vision.
Catholics should be cautious about
attending faith nights. Think twice about purchasing those minor-league tickets
this summer. Think twice about what you are supporting. Sure, you may be
fostering a nondenominational Christian ethic, but at what cost? Today more
than ever, as Catholics, we need to stand firm on issues of morality.
of Community Relations
Station of the Cross
101.7FM — Buffalo
1460AM — Rochester
& 1550AM — Scranton-Wilkes/Barre
Regarding “A Courageous No”
(Editorial, Aug 6-12):
The first veto by President Bush
of a Senate bill expanding federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research
beyond existing stem-cell lines was not only a promise kept but a triumph of
science and morality over emotion.
Bush announced his veto surrounded
by 18 families who “adopted” so-called “leftover” embryos not used by other
couples. Their children have come to be known as “snowflake babies” because
they were once frozen embryos stored in fertility clinics.
In May, 2005, President Bush went
before the cameras holding a month-old baby named Trey Jones. He had been one
of those leftover frozen embryos coveted by researchers until he was implanted
in the womb of his mother. Maybe someday he will grow up to be president. At
least he will grow up.
“These boys and girls are not
spare parts,” Bush said. “They remind us of what is lost when embryos are
destroyed in the name of research. They remind us that we all begin our lives
as a small collection of cells. And they remind us that in our zeal for new
treatments and cures, America
must never abandon our fundamental morals.”
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., one of the House co-sponsors of the bill expanding
federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, said Bush had “snuffed out the
candle of hope” for Americans suffering from a number of diseases who could
benefit from this research. But Bush has done no such thing. He is the first
president to federally fund this research. He has not banned private research
Since 1998, when researchers at
the University of
Wisconsin discovered how
to isolate and develop human embryonic stem cells, no human disease or condition
has been successfully treated with them. There are almost 80 therapies using
adult stem cells — actual treatments, not theory or research. There have been
more than 250 adult stem-cell clinical trials. There are zero treatments using
embryonic stem cells and there have been zero clinical trials.
Everyone wants cures for disease
and disability. Not everyone thinks the end justifies the means.
Those Astounding Stem Cells
I was really astounded by the
article “Saved by Stem Cells” (July 2-8). Since stem cells have that divinely
given capacity to become whatever tissue in our bodies, then the more stem
cells in our blood stream, the greater the healing that can take place in our
I really believe that God, having
placed stem cells right within our own bone marrow, has designed the body not
only to entropy, but also with a built-in mechanism for the renewal and
rejuvenation of our different organs and tissues.
I am happy to be alive in these
exciting times. I thank God that we have available today technologies that can
enhance the release of our own bone-marrow stem cells for our healing and the
maintenance of optimal health without transplantation, and therefore without
fear of rejection.
These discoveries of using our own
bone-marrow stem cells, I believe, proved President Bush right in vetoing the
last bill to lift up the restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research.
San Francisco, California
I read the letter to the editor from
Mr. Richardson titled “A Poorly Chosen Fight” (July 23 - Aug. 5), in which he
takes issue with and criticizes the timing and wisdom of (former Maryland political
appointee) Robert Smith’s words on a TV cable program referring to homosexuals
as “persons of sexual deviancy.”
I was then further enlightened by
the column on the opposite page by Mike Johnson, “Four Words That Can Get You
Fired,” which, in effect, defended Smith’s choice of words. Essentially,
Johnson makes clear that Mr. Smith “spoke words that accurately communicate the
identity and ambitions of those practicing homosexual behavior. And he spoke
those words on his own time, in a context not related to his job.”
I hope that Mr. Richardson and
anyone else who thinks Mr. Smith spoke out of order will read Mike Johnson’s
very intelligent and enlightening column in the July 23 - Aug. 5 edition of the
Register — a paper that can always be counted on to spotlight the Truth.
Post-Boomer for Truth
In a letter titled “Lost in
Translation” (July 9-15), Register reader Dick Taber asks why, “with Mass
attendance declining, the priest shortage, church closings and loss of trust of
the clergy,” the bishops are treating a new English translation of the Mass as
a “top priority.”
The Church is not a democracy,
molding its practices and doctrine to the will of its members. It would appear,
though, that recent debates about the Mass (inclusive language, modern music,
female priests) reflect a segment of people who wish majority ruled. Some may
argue that the way to combat the problems Mr. Taber identifies is to make the
Mass more appealing, less dogmatic, more pleasant to the ears. If we only
soften the Church’s message, that will fill up the pews.
But perhaps the reason we have the
problems listed above is precisely because
the American Church waters itself and its truths
down. When I hear fuzzy theology during Mass, I find it sad and patronizing —
as if laity cannot fathom the truth and must be spoon-fed feel-good language.
The Church is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). We want this
truth declared, not modified and distorted to try making it more marketable.
The reactions of Register readers
to Webster A. Young’s recent columns on Church music seem to confirm my point.
Last week’s recessional music told me that Jesus — the Word through whom the
entire universe was created and the one God whom made himself like us to save
us — is the “Lord of the Dance.” Many Americans in the Church today think that
the truth is too difficult to grasp and instead give us lessons like “it’s hard
to dance with the devil on your back.”
Witness the millions of youth who
flocked to John Paul the Great. Why? Because he represented a “modern” Church?
No, because he reminded us that the truth is immutable and fascinating, yet
also warm and loving. For us post-baby boomers who have lived through the moral
relativism our parents’ generation praised, it is refreshing and attractive to
hear and know the truth from a trustworthy source, not because it won an
opinion poll. If you think democracy will fix the Church, remember that Barabbas was democratically elected.
Let us pray that the new, more
accurate English translation brings us closer to encountering true Christian
theology, and thus as close to God as Christ intended when he instituted the
Mass for us.
Bossier City, Louisiana
Our family wishes to thank you for
including the Holy Family Fest at Catholic Familyland
in Bloomingdale, Ohio, in your New Evangelization Events calendar (July 23 -
We learned of this tremendous
place solely through this notice. Your listing led us to register and attend
this event. We were blessed beyond words by this holy experience.
The Apostolate for Family
Consecration is indeed a great blessing to today’s Catholic families. We are
the parents of six children, ages 17, 15, 13, 10, 6 and 4. Our teens were so
validated in their faith by the apostolate’s
leadership and the children of like-minded families that they have deemed this
“our best vacation ever” and have begged us to return next year.
Recognizing the authentic Catholic
teachings of Pope John Paul II and desiring to be obedient to the magisterium, we immediately registered for the upcoming Totus Tuus Family Conference in
Thank you again for leading us to
this life-changing journey of faith.
We have good news for Nicole Syed (“Planning Families, Naturally,” (July 9-15) and
writer Greg Watts.
With nearly one million hormone
assays in Australia alone,
ovulation method is the most scientifically researched of all natural and
artificial methods. It is also the most widely used.
Particular thanks goes to the
Chinese government for its requirement that the Billings method be one of their approved
all by itself gives the world more than four million users and close to 40,000
teachers with an effectiveness rate of 99.5% in postponing pregnancy. (See
woomb.org for studies.)
fellow Aussies say: Crikey! If this isn’t enough
evidence to back off from calling natural family planning methods other than
the Creighton model “a bit too vague and fluffy,” I don’t know what is.
While we congratulate Ms. Syed in her efforts in London, we would encourage her to look beyond
some of the propaganda she has bought into.
Billings Ovulation Method
St. Cloud, Minnesota