Stephen Colbert for pope?

Re: “A Catholic takeover of late-night comedy” (Feature, May 11).

Wow! We now depend on late-night TV hosts to evangelize for the Catholic Church? John Kelly is quoted saying these comedians “may call out the Church for something they see as ridiculous or silly.” Based on what? And this is good for the Church? The most telling two statements in the article are: “Fallen ... no longer attends Mass regularly,” followed by Deacon Kandra saying that “both take their faith seriously.”

Many of our political, judicial and entertainment people are Catholic. However, it appears that most of these high-profile folks support abortion, same-sex marriage, the health care mandate and will now poke fun at the Church. What’s next, a movement for “Colbert for Pope” from Our Sunday Visitor?

Joseph A. Bizup, Acme, Pennsylvania

Mass translation

Re: “Survey says: Split persists over new translation” (News Analysis, May 4).

The CARA survey regarding the Third Edition of the Roman Missal misses the point. The problem is not so much the substantially flawed new missal as it is the critically flawed Liturgiam Authenticam. The instruction’s peculiar demands doom translators to make translations that lack beauty, noble simplicity, clarity and do not even follow proper English grammar.

George Cardinal Pell in his symposium speech (February 2014) rightly calls Liturgiam Authenticam “a game changer” and says that “it is clear that the English has to be good English.”

Do prayers we can’t understand constitute “good English?” Maybe we will get a good translation when the game is changed. With all the other challenges facing the Church today, it’s very sad that we can’t pray with vox clara  — a clear voice.

Father Steven Daigle, Aurora, Minnesota

The new Mass translation is beautiful, understandable and the closest to the original Latin Mass. More people are alert when it is said, and it is truly a sacrifice not just a celebration or meal or other terms used for the Novus Ordo. I am very grateful to Pope Benedict XVI and the fury he worked under to obtain the translation before his resignation.

Bill Henzey Jr., St. Louis

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel?

Re: “Our Lady, our guide” (In Focus, May 4).

Thank you so very much for your beautiful In Focus section on Marian devotion.

As a longtime Third Order of Carmel member, I would have liked to have seen a reference to our brown scapular, but perhaps later a follow-up article will include it.

Jariath Whaten, Westwood, Massachusetts

Give Pius XII his due

Re: “The lasting legacies of the Church’s newest saints” (Special Section, April 27).

I take exception to the writer referring to the “harsh and dour demeanor that often marked his predecessor, Pius XII.”

That does not do Pope Pius XII justice. Many would say he had a saintly demeanor. If he appeared solemn at times, he may have had a good reason.

He faced some terrible opponents during his reign and never yielded one inch to them. He was tireless in fighting communism. He was on to Hitler before he ever became pope.

During World War II he turned the convents and monasteries of Rome into hiding places for Jews. I and many others believe it is high time Pius XII was canonized.

Beverly Steiner, Augusta, Kansas

Happy news

Re: “Brother attributes healing to St. John Paul II” (Special Section, April 27).

Brother Robert, as a former student of yours who graduated 31 years ago from St. Joe’s, I’m glad to hear of your miraculous recovery. I have good memories of you and your religion classes at St. Joe’s, as well as all the religious instruction I’ve received over my years. It’s given me a solid foundation, onto which I’ve built my life.

Thank you for your unfaltering commitment to teaching, and may God grant you extra time on this earth to continue your calling.

Rob Moran, via online comments
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