Handy Catholic mobile app

Re: “A mobile mission: Catholic apps on-the-go” (News Analysis, Sept. 15).

Thank you for the article concerning Catholic applications. One that I’ve added to my Catholic apps grouping is Laudate.

It has the daily readings along with reflections, the saint of the day and his or her life story, Liturgy of the Hours, Order of the Mass, Rosary and chaplets, Stations of the Cross, lots of miscellaneous prayers with room to enter my favorites, a confession aid, the Catechism, two Bibles, Vatican documents and more. Plus, it’s free!

Peggy Wright, via email

Liturgical comments

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

Alas, Greg Erlandson’s column establishes a false equivalence regarding attitudes to the Roman liturgy by hip liberal “boutique” parishes and more conservative “boutique” parishes. The Church’s norms for Catholic worship certainly are intended to foster community and not segregated enclaves among Catholics, but they never envisioned the Holy Mass as “entertainment” or accompanied by uncorrected abuses that are the object of endless complaints.

Vatican II never sought a parish liturgical ethos purged of reverence, solemnity, dignity, mystery, sacred art and sacred music. The liberal “boutique” parishes reveling in the pop-culture rhythms of the decadent folk Mass of the Sixties have only revealed to the world the profane secularization that is an obstacle to any New Evangelization.

Do we really desire a “diversity” in “liturgical style” that makes a mockery of the authentic spirit of the Roman liturgy as expressed in its official texts?

I am not aware that the “boutique parishes” occupied by allegedly non-caring traditional Catholics have been hell-bent on fostering irreverent, causal and banal liturgy that has already alienated two generations of Catholics. The “conservative boutiques” have not been intent on casting into oblivion the classic works for understanding Catholic liturgy: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s “The Spirit of the Liturgy”; Maurice Zundel’s “Splendor of the Liturgy”; and Dietrich von Hildebrand’s “Liturgy and Personality.” What is “unfeeling” and “uncaring” are the bishops, priests and theologians who do not express “community” with the souls in the pews who suffer agitation while attempting to worship in a Catholic church.

Finally, for those who care for progress in ecumenism, it would be helpful to take seriously the severe criticisms by Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics of what passes for liturgy in our modernized liberal “boutiques.”

James Likoudis, Montour Falls, N.Y.

What about Jesus?

Re: “Dropout Catholics” (God Lives, Sept. 22).

I have heard people tell me reasons they leave the Church: “I don’t agree with her dogmas”; “My parents left when I was little because a priest said something to them . . . so I don’t go”; “I am happy with my life and my vacations and why bother going to church?”; “Religions have caused all the wars in the world!”

No one has ever said to me, “I love Jesus and that is why I should go to church.” I have wondered why they never speak of Jesus. I hope my example of a good life will help influence them. I leave it to the Holy Spirit.

Regarding Msgr. Owen F. Campion’s last paragraph, “Are immigrants greeted with open arms in our parishes?” I say all the time to people: “You’d better learn Spanish . . . it is coming to your parish very soon!”

And his last two sentences — “Will they drift away? Whose fault will it be?” — speak for themselves.

Norb Schott, Roachdale, Ind.

Revisionist history

Re: “Recovered memories” (Spectator, Sept. 15).

I appreciate that in his review of “The Butler,” Greg Erlandson describes it as “loosely based on a true story,” because Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, sets the record straight on what is fact.

I’d appreciate it if you might do a brief movie criticism to set the record straight that not only is this movie fiction, but its presentation of Ronald Reagan as a racist is not only inaccurate, but evil, just as were President Obama’s and Oprah Winfrey’s reactions to the George Zimmerman acquittal.

Given the lack of detailed and accurate history lessons in our schools and colleges, the influence of politically correct attitudes and a slurpy push for multiculturalism in highlighting our differences, I suggest instead that we rather embrace our similarities and what unifies us as human beings. Our education system has caused a loss of the yearning for seeking truth and accuracy.

While I do agree with Erlandson that we must learn from our mistakes of the past, I resent when art creates permanent images, in many cases at the expense of someone’s good reputation and honor such as President Reagan and his family.

Fran Holmes, Granger, Ind.

Just joking

After reading the letter regarding body parts (“Sanctity of the body,” Sept. 8), I remembered the joke about seven morticians who went on trial in New York for selling body parts. But a smart lawyer got them off, and all it cost them was an arm and a leg.

Ann Welch, Louisville, Ky.