Don’t blame America for Iraqi Christians’ woes   

Re: “Fewer Post-War Catholics” (This Week, Feb. 12). 

I fail to see how Archbishop Timothy Broglio can make the claim that the post-war collapse of Iraq’s Christians is a legacy of the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003. So the blame is America’s? I wonder if he would claim that the destruction of Western Europe was a legacy of America’s invasion of Europe in 1941? Let’s blame the real culprit, the Iraq dictator who did not abide by the 1991 cease-fire and was a threat to Middle-East stability and peace.  

Dan Barton, Fayetteville, N.C.

Excommunication time?

Let’s see, we have Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, who are both pro abortion; we have New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed a bill authorizing same-sex marriage, and Kathleen Sebelius, who heads the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and has issued a mandate that goes against Catholic teaching. 

And here’s the thing: These individuals are all Catholic! This 79-year-old cradle Catholic believes that if they had been excommunicated by the Church long ago, perhaps they wouldn’t so arrogantly be abusing their power.  

The Catholic Church should have acted, but it didn’t. Could it be that the Church’s canon lawyers are too cautious? 

Jack Wolock, Columbus, Ohio 

Define ‘progress’

Re: “Why you should pay attention to Clinton’s speech on gay rights” (Essay, Jan. 15).  

I observed how clearly Hillary Clinton demonstrates, at best, a very muddled, as well as “remarkably chilling,” frame of mind. She says that “laws have a teaching effect” and “progress comes from changes in law.” Really? Laws do, indeed, have a “teaching effect,” but I think we should ask: “What do you mean by “progress?” Certainly, if you want to change people’s perspective on something, make “it” a law; but is every human law necessarily “progress?” 

We could and should ask: “Progress toward what? We have seen the removal of the Ten Commandments from the public square. Now, having done away with God’s law, the “time” is ripe for the insertion of more and more new (and many burdensome) “laws” of the state, including some laws that are totally divorced from the Law of God: the “right” of same-sex partners to marry, a “right” to abortion, contraception and euthanasia, etc.  

Ultimately, in the end, whether we believe it or not, we will all face the Final Judgment regarding how we have conducted our lives in this world — and it will be based on the Ten Commandments!  

Whether or not Clinton is a “bad person” seems beside the point, but saying, doing and imposing “bad things” on others is certainly bad — the wrong way to go and no such “human rights” determined by the state can justify all this! 

Like St. Paul encouraged the Philippians, let’s pray for our bishops and priests — that they “stand firm” and continue to speak out without fear on the side of God’s Law to the “powers that be” — and also continue to encourage those of us who are religious and lay faithful to “stand firm” and speak up as well! (see Phil. 1:27-28) 

Pam Haines, St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Big difference

Re: “Both sides see 2012 election as defining event” (News Analysis, Feb. 12).  

Russell Shaw questions whether the Republican nominees would present a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama on religion and values. All of the Republican nominees are pro-life, and that alone is evidence of a big difference between the Democrats and Republicans.  

If Roe v. Wade is to ever be overturned, it will take a Republican administration to get pro-life justices onto the Supreme Court. Obama is the most ardent pro-abortion president ever and he must be replaced. 

John F. Mangan, Chicago, Ill.

Don’t knock all radio

Re: “Another matter” (Pastoral Answers, Feb. 5). Please don’t lump all Catholic media in the same pile! EWTN has consistently followed all of Catholic teachings with the utmost integrity for the past 30 years and has been responsible for instructing the ignorant and bringing millions of fallen away Catholics back to the fold.  

There are many other Catholic radio stations that are on the airwaves and not from EWTN. Although some of their programs are heard on EWTN, EWTN screens its affiliates carefully before it airs their programming on their Global Catholic Radio. 

Nancy Non, Pleasant Mount, Pa.

Postcard campaign

I am somewhat dismayed at what appears to me to be the half-hearted attempt by the bishops to encourage the faithful to contact their representatives about the health care law. Merely reading a letter from the local bishop and then telling people to go home and contact your representative is not nearly enough. Most Catholics I’m sure agree to do so, but once home easily forget or don’t bother.  

Why not mount a serious campaign with prepared postcards or letters for people to sign and mail? This could be an opportunity for Catholics to rally over this just cause. I feel more should be done to prevent President Obama from going forth with this violation not only of our conscience but also of the first article of Bill of Rights. 

Deacon Nicholas Donofrio, Oakhurst, N.J.