Peaceful response to rudeness

Re: “A New Age of Rude” (Catholic Journal, Sept. 8)

We can’t expect any quick-fix solutions to this evolving problem. What we can try to change is our response to rude road antics. Responding with rudeness is certainly not a solution.

For example, if a green light, knee-jerk response horn-blower can bring me to the point of rage, and I then act on this rage, I have contributed to the problem as well as created a very dangerous situation.

Pulling to the side of the road and letting the horn-blower go by, sans eye contact, brings peace to what could become a new episode on YouTube.

Brother Lawrence Schubert, S.S.P., Staten Island, N.Y. 

Focused on wrong things

Re: “Parish the thought” (Spectator, Sept. 1)

While reading through Greg Erlandson’s column (on how people choose which parish to attend on Sundays), I couldn’t help think of our Lord and how sad he must be as he waits for his faithful to appear for their weekly one hour of devotion to him.

Instead of a focus of love for our Savior and his words and presence, too many are immersed in such things as location, the politics of that community (either traditional or modern, liberal or conservative or whatever), homilies or the music.

Jesus established his Church as a place of community, for believers, for the sacraments and for us to be in his presence. He gave us his words to live by, his love to share and his life to be set free from sin and to find our way home.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could attend our once-a-week hour of devotion because we love Jesus Christ and not because of a bunch of trivial nonsense that distracts our minds, our hearts, our devotions and our focus on Christ on the cross and his purpose for choosing each of us?

His love will survive, his Word will survive and his Church will survive, all the rest is a deviation freely given by Satan.

The Kingdom of God is within us, wherever we go!

Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio

New vehicle for aid

Re: “CRS refutes claims that it distributed birth control in Africa” (News Analysis, Aug. 25).

This is quite a brief column considering the large subject area it addresses. It doesn’t seem to answer the question it raises.

However, after reading the column, I find I agree with Steven Mosher (of the Population Research Institute).

He says, “I don’t believe there is no alternative to cooperating with evil ... I think there is an alternative, and it’s called the Catholic Church.”

Why doesn’t CRS partner with the local bishops and lay Catholic groups? How can the bishops’ charity using funds from Catholic people cooperate with groups that promote contraception and abortion?

This is scandalous at best and could be providing for freeing up money from the questionable group for their contraception and abortion efforts. That is absolutely outrageous!

I am glad that there are the outside voices to call attention to what is going on. I pray that the bishops will either correct the abuses of these charitable service organizations or disband them completely.

They would do well to find another vehicle for their social justice efforts.

Mary McInerney, Hershey, Pa.

Catholic grads

Re: “Writer’s response” (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 1).

I agree with Russell Shaw’s comments in response to Thomas C. Mans’ letter (“College engagement,” Sept. 1) about the status of Catholic higher education.

All you have to do is look at the Catholic members of our Congress and how many voted pro-abortion that are graduates of a number of Catholic colleges and universities. Sad!

John Gishpert, Denver, Colo.

Dirty tactics on field

Re: “Faith at play on the field” (News Analysis, Aug. 25).

I enjoyed this article on football coaches and players by Sean Gallagher.

After reading it, I would suggest that the good work of developing faith and character is often offset by the “elephant on the football field” — namely “targeting” certain players on the opposition and using “dirty playing” to win ball games. Not all coaches — Catholic and non-Catholic — can be blamed for such conduct.

My Catholic football coach was a fellow who would not entertain such “foul” conduct, but others in our Catholic league certainly did.

Recently, I was talking to a star player on a local championship Catholic football team and asked if this was still going on. His silence was indicative of an affirmative as I shook my head in disappointment.

I think every high school coach should sign an agreement “to do no harm” to the character of young athletes by such practices. School administrators should take notice, rather than turning their heads the other way. Must the moral character of players be sacrificed on the altar of “winning at any price”?

Thomas More, Philadelphia, Pa.