We are faced with the tough question: Are we hurting enough to want to make necessary changes? I would argue that bump stocks and unnecessarily deadly accessories that circumvent basic restrictions on gun ownership should not be available. I do agree that the gun debate is only a factor, and that if politicians really wanted to do away with guns, they would demilitarize the police state, stop funding so many armament companies through useless wars, and yet somehow keep law and order in dangerous places in the country. Since this sounds like a utopia, the Second Amendment is clearly needed. This editorial sadly emphasizes gun laws first and morality later, when it should be the other way around; it thinks changing rules will automatically change deranged minds.
It can be argued that while limiting the access to violent instruments helps to a degree, it is human nature that pulls the trigger. I wholeheartedly agree that the decline and lack of traditional morality plays the most important role in the souls of people, especially in the Las Vegas case.
Re: “Women’s health?” (Eye on Culture, Oct. 8-14).
Bravo to Teresa Tomeo for bravely exposing the “pro-choice” lies about women’s health. The most pernicious lie about Planned Parenthood is one of omission. The “pro-choice” media fail to expose the fact that the origin of Planned Parenthood was in part the promotion of eugenics, in this case racially based population control. Yes, as the populist movement proclaims, “black lives matter.”
While from its very beginnings at Planned Parenthood, black infant lives mattered much less. Planned Parenthood is an American horror story.
— Dorothy R. Stein, New York
Since the infamous Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade decision, more than 19 million black babies have died by abortion. Roughly 900 black babies die by abortion in the United States every day.
Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, once wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” In fact, Sanger’s organization targets minority populations. Black children in the United States are five times more likely to be aborted than white children are. African-American women make up only 13 percent of the U.S. female population, but they account for more than 36 percent of the abortions.
If you were alive in the 1860s, would you have stood with the abolitionists against slavery? Where will you stand today?
— Sister Mary Rose Reddy, Rochester, New Hampshire
Re: “How we prepare our people” (Vocations Special Section, Oct. 1-7).
I loved your recent Vocations issue. A suggestion: How about featuring lay vocations in an upcoming issue? There have to be quite a few of us women and men who cannot, due to various reasons (age, marital status, etc.) join a religious community as a sister, brother or priest.
However, I bet there would be interest in lay ministries — those connected with well-known religious organizations, but also some lesser-known ones.
I’m looking forward to learning!
— Leslie Galliker, Jackson, New Jersey
Re: “A lasting bridge” (Editorial, Oct. 8-14).
Poor catechesis and formation on homosexuality have left most Catholics unable to articulate what the Church teaches and why.
I think once the Church stops worrying about losing members and just concerns herself with the proclamation of the Gospel, then God will bring more members to her.
What is the point of having members who don’t believe what the Church teaches anyway?
— Marc Alcan, via online comments
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