Letters 04.25.21

Readers respond to Register articles.

Letters to the editor offer a variety of opinions.
Letters to the editor offer a variety of opinions. (photo: NCRegister.com / Register)

Scandalous Example

Human life is infinitely valuable. That statement may seem overly obvious, especially to the formed Catholic conscience. But when a new human life becomes “infinitely valuable” and defendable still seems to be grist for debate.

Our new president, almost daily in both the secular and the Catholic press, is lauded in some way for his noble spirit, his goodness and his display of basic Christian values reflective of his early education and solid Catholic foundation. Some of that laud may be deserved. 

This same man, however, would reject the Hyde Amendment and issue an executive order clearing the way for unimpeded spread of abortifacient literature and materials by the U.S. abroad. He unabashedly supports abortion while, with a smile, he accepts praise for his piety and attendance at Mass. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 500,000 U.S. lives, a truly lamentable statistic. That toll was calculated for a time period of approximately one year. Many more than 500,000 little Americans were aborted in that same time period, a gruesome annual statistic. The archbishop of Washington, D.C., declared in December that giving Holy Communion to Mr. Biden was quite acceptable. Yet our new president is as culpable in the abortion arena as if he were the actual perpetrator. Even more so, his example is scandalous. If I, as a Catholic physician, performed abortions and advocated for the industry, the Church would censure me, or at least it should. And I would be a hypocrite to hold myself out as a Catholic. I would suggest that the Catholic press clearly illuminate the president’s position in this matter and passionately solicit prayers for his enlightenment. This is a life-and-death issue, indeed. Mr. Biden, thus far, has chosen a path of evil.

Roger D. Moore, 

Clinton, New York

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco celebrates the ‘Mass of the Americas’ using the extraordinary form of the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2019.

Msgr. Charles Pope and Limiting the Latin Mass (July 24)

Historically, changes to worship have always cause intense reaction. Reaction to Pope Francis’ decree Traditionis Custodes limiting the use of the Traditional Latin Mass is no different. Msgr. Charles Pope helps us sift through the concern and frustrations many Catholics have we expressed. Then, in an Editor’s Corner, Matthew Bunson, executive editor for EWTN News, and Jeanette De Melo discuss the Napa Institute conference and a roundup of Catholic news.

Photo portrait of American poet and Catholic convert Wallace Stevens (1879–1955).

The Art of Catholic America (July 17)

Art, music, literature — in a word, beauty — have in the life and history of Catholicism been a great evangelizing force. For a lesson in this we often turn to the lasting masterpieces and legacy of Christendom in Europe. But what about on our own shores: Is there an imprint on the U.S. from American painters, poets and the like who were Catholic? On Register Radio, we explore American artists and Catholicism in the U.S. with Robert Royal, founder and editor in chief of The Catholic Thing. Then we look at the ways the sexual revolution has impacted the professions — particularly education, psychology and medicine — with Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute.