The faithful must warn of dangers of abortion

Re: “What impact could videos have on abortion?” (News Analysis, Aug. 9).

All of this has outraged me. We have elected officials who are wearing blinders and ear plugs. After I got an email from one of my senators stating that he stands with Planned Parenthood, I sent him an email that was not the usual nice, calm, polite email, because I am sick and tired of years of writing nice, calm, polite letters and emails that fall on deaf ears.

Where is the outrage from other angry Catholics? How do we expect to be really heard if the patience we’re supposed to display has deteriorated into ho-hum and malaise? Even Jesus expressed his outrage on more than one occasion. It seems clear to me that it’s time to dispense with “nice, calm and polite.” 

My email to my senator made it clear that I consider his vote as nothing more than continuing immoral, unethical and downright evil support for the killing of innocent, unborn human beings, the greatest holocaust in our current age.

A passage in Ezekiel talks about warning others about the evils they are committing. If they die in their sins without our warning them, then we are responsible for their deaths.

Dorothy R. Mann. Dayton, Ohio

Engagement

Re: “An argument: Retreat toward engagement” (News Analysis, Aug. 16).

This is an interesting op-ed piece, but it doesn’t seem to have much grounding in actual Catholic Tradition/teaching/Scripture. Where does Tradition speak of the Church retreating into itself, even for a time?

Pope Francis has a very different vision of where the Church ought to be, as does Vatican II. For Pope Francis, the Church seems to get wrapped up in itself and its own concerns when it “retreats” from the world. Life for the Church — the heart of the Gospel — exists outside of its own institutions alongside the poor and the marginalized in the world. It’s time to head out, engage and do something constructive.

Jason Steidl, via online comment

Fighting cancer

Re: “When life doesn’t turn out as expected, we must have hope” (Openers, July 19).

In 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and God’s mercy through the medical profession healed me. Apparently, delighting in God’s sacramental presence is often the answer to many of life’s problems, even if they do not necessarily permanently go away.

Although suffering is an inevitable part of life, one that all of us would hope to avoid, it is best to hope in the Lord and, of course, seek medical assistance.

In 2015, I recently completed treatment (chemo and radiation therapy simultaneously) for Stage 4 tonsil cancer.

Now, as I write this letter, I am cancer-free, and I pray that God’s mercy will keep me cancer-free for the rest of my life. Scripture tells us, “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord” (Ps 118:17). I pray that your close friend will be able to do that, “declare the works of the Lord,” one day as well. She and her family are in my prayers.

Rosaria lncantalupo, Staten Island, New York

Widowhood

Re: “Six ways to help those grieving loss of spouse” (Faith, Aug. 9).

As a recent widow, I found much that was helpful in this article.

Thank you.

Margaret Whitehead, via online comment

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