Brave article by Msgr. Campion

Re: “A different perspective” (God Lives, Feb. 9).

What a brave article by Msgr. Campion. I was struck by his honesty and directness. Msgr. Campion helps us understand how different the mental health professionals treated these issues “back then.” Our understanding is constantly evolving. The bishops availed themselves of the professionals’ help as it was then. As Msgr. Campion says in the last paragraph, “this rigid seminary practice consoles me.” The Holy Spirit is leading us to a “New Evangelization” with renewed vigor. Let us forgive the past, trust our bishops, love our priests and respect the current practices in our seminaries. I remember so well, when on retreat at St. Meinrad Seminary, a young man said to me in response to the question: “How are you adjusting to all the screening required?” His response: “It is very difficult to be interviewed by so many professionals at a deep level when you know they don’t even know you! But if you feel the Holy Spirit is calling you, and you want to be a priest, you keep going!”

Norb Schott, Via email

Minimum wage

Re: “Church officials weigh in on wage debate” (News Analysis, Feb. 16).

It is true that Leo XIII did call for workers to receive “a living wage” and to be given the right to unionize to accomplish these ends. That was of course before we found out about the greed and corruption that unions bring to the table.

Increasing the minimum wage as inflation goes up ensures that the inflationary spiral will get worse much more quickly, and the worker will never catch up while waiting for the government to go to bat for him to get him a wage increase. This has never worked in the past and won’t work in the future, but it’s just the kind of diversionary tactic this administration uses to keep the focus off the real problems, which will of course never be addressed.

I would hope for a more balanced and complete story in the future.

Joe Schmidt, Chandler, Ariz.

Social teaching

Re: “What exactly is Catholic social teaching?” (In Focus, Feb. 16).

Why present the fundamentals of Catholic social teaching when Catholics fail so miserably to put them into practice? Catholics have backed the ’60s Great Society” and its implementation and now the Affordable Care Act; both are egregious violations of subsidiarity. The entitlement/dependency nation we’ve become violates justice (“unwilling to work, neither should that one eat” — 2 Thes 3:10) and is against charity: “They [socialists] would substitute ... a system of relief organized by the state. But no human expedients will ever make up for the devotedness and self sacrifice of Christian charity” (Rerum Novarum, No. 30).

Resurrect Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum; he had the answers for the challenges we face today as a nation!

Father Mike Peterson, Wamego, Kan.

Gender roles

Re: “Polish Church declares war on gender ideology” (News Analysis, Feb. 9).

In 1970, Frenchman Jean-François Revel wrote how America is ripe for revolutionary change in his book “Without Marx or Jesus.” It seems his prediction is becoming true as it has already in the European Union.

So now the “Polish Church declares war on gender ideology” in opposition to the government that fears losing funding from the European Union.

In a thoroughly German manner, Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who is co-patron of Europe, explored both the nature of women and their role in modern society. She wrote and lectured extensively before being murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.

It is not the business of bureaucrats and politicians either in Europe or the Americas to define human nature either in its feminine or masculine attributes, and to simplistically lump us all together in the name of equality reveals a delusionary denial of reality.

Robert Bonsignore, Brooklyn, N.Y.