Excellent Reading

My wife and I read many Catholic and secular publications. We are pleased to discover that your paper provides excellent reading and stimulating news which we had not been getting from other sources.

Edward Waterbury Clearwater, Florida

Good Theater, Good Paper

I am writing in belated appreciation of Peter Cameron's insightful and inspiring review of The Sound of Music in the May 17-23 issue. It was the best example of delight and instruction that I have seen in years. The review was as ennobling as the show itself. Broadway and journalism both at their best.

Frederick Marke Forest Hills, New York

Catching Up

When I studied and lived in the United States in the 50s and 60s. I always read your excellent paper.

Earlier this year I wrote to a priest-friend who was kind enough to locate your March 8-14 issue and send it to me. It took me many, many years to relocate you, but finally I succeeded.

I especially enjoyed your news and the articles on Islam and St. Bernadette in that issue.

Best regards to you, your associates, and your readers. U.S. Catholics do not know how lucky they are to have some intelligent Catholic periodicals.

Jose Guzman Quito, Ecuador

Jane Roe's Conversion

Kudos on all the recent coverage of Norma McCorvey, or “Jane Roe,” as most of this country knows her. After following the occasional stories about her in recent years, I believe your coverage — especially “Living With the Ghosts of Roe,” the lengthy “inperson” interview with her, Register June 21-2, gave a more complete picture of the woman who has most often been portrayed as an unwitting pawn of forces bent on legalizing a woman's so called “right to choose.” Then, I vividly recall a few years back when she became a born-again Christian, the Los Angeles Times did a profile of McCorvey that made her seem like an unsophisticated bumpkin who was now going to be used as a “we told you so” poster child of the pro-lifers. Well, judging from your interview with McCorvey, she reveals, with her own words and ideas — instead of the L.A. Times reporter's obviously skewed rendering of her — that she's no dummy. She knows where she's been and just who's used her, and she's more than capable of articulating it. If once she was a pawn, it now seems she's a woman who knows her own heart and mind. When I think of her journey from drug-poisoned dupe of the abortion movement to ardent pro-lifer and future member of the Catholic Church, I can't help but think of Mary Magdalene.

I. Matias via e-mail

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