What would Jesus say about the $370 million netted in the United States alone by Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ?” Why are so many attracted to Hollywood and TV’s representations of the Bible and neglect the beauty of the written word? The word of God is not a source of entertainment nor is it a source for financial gain for anyone.
Give me the Stations of the Cross over Hollywood’s “The Passion of the Christ” and my own visualization of the Son of God through the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
I applaud those who are encouraging efforts to change.
Inclusion a blessing
Re: “Special blessings for special-needs children” (In Focus, March 16).
Wonderful article. This year our parish (St. Mark the Evangelist in San Antonio) will have four special-needs children celebrating their first Eucharist on June 1. Several have celebrated first reconciliation with our pastor using picture cards.
In the fall, we will begin preparation for confirmation of 10 special-needs children and three to five special-needs adults. It is truly a blessing to be part of the initiation of ALL in our community.
— Theresa Crow, via online comments
Priests must speak up
Re: “Marriage challenge” (God Lives, Feb. 23).
I couldn’t agree more with Msgr. Campion that “American marriage, and American Catholic marriage, are in crisis.” In fact, it seems such an obvious crisis one wonders why the pulpits across the country are so silent on the subject.
Msgr. Campion encourages lay Catholics to get involved, but it would seem they already are.
About 90 percent of Catholics support contraception, and this practice is at the heart of the marriage crisis. Half or more support abortion and same-sex “marriage,” and the other half is holding on by their fingertips, wondering if they’ve got it wrong.
As all this goes on, priests look out on their congregations on a Sunday morning and say nothing on the subject. As Msgr. Campion says, “the culture presently driving much of American life has very distorted and harmful views about marriage and about human relationships,” and there is nothing to counteract them.
What does he expect to be the case when sheep have no shepherds?
— James Kurt, via email
Re: “A catechetical response to same-sex marriage” (News Analysis, Feb. 16).
John Cavadini gives an excellent presentation of the foundation for the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. However, he fails to address the redefinition of marriage, given by the Catholic Church, from the mid-20th century.
At one time, catechetical instruction taught that procreation was the primary purpose for marriage. The Church’s redefinition of marriage moved “the mutual love and support of the spouse” as an equal binary purpose for Catholic marriage.
This relatively recent redefinition of marriage by the Church presumably was made to address couples who “by the accidents of circumstance or ill fortune” could not have children. Today, this redefinition would also include older Catholics who marry past the time when procreation is possible. Cavadini needed to include this significant, modern change in his argument.
— Joe Hook, Coatesville, Pa.
Faith while dying
Re: “Palliative sedation” (Letters to the Editor, Feb. 23).
Thank you for printing the letter by Jeannine Aucoin. My comment is this: fear and human physical pain are interconnected.
That is why a true and living faith in God is of paramount necessity in the dying process.
While we are in good health, we Catholics can and should invoke St. Joseph, patron of the dying, for a holy death.
— Theresa R. Walsh, Avon, Ohio