Discredited appointee

I just finishing reading the Feb. 7 Our Sunday Visitor and as usual found both interesting and informative stories. The March For Life and the complete disregard for it by the media in general was of no surprise. 

I am hopeful that the present situation with Harry Knox [a director at a national gay rights group who was appointed by President Barack Obama to a White House advisory council for the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and who has called Pope Benedict XVI a “discredited leader” and someone who “hurts people in Jesus’ name” because of Church opposition to condom use] will be thoroughly discussed in an upcoming edition. If our Catholic press is to “fulfill its role of addressing stories that are important to us,” then to address the attacks by Knox on the pope and the Church must be brought to light. 

Catholics, wake up — it is way past time to stand up for the pope and our Church. It will not be easy, but we must be true to our faith, which is under attack. 

— Pat Gerber, Newton, Kan.

Skip the beef

I was grateful for Mary Eberstadt’s article on gluttony, especially where she speaks of meat eating as being a possible source of this sin (“Gluttony — the most widespread deadly sin,” Jan. 17). 

When it’s possible to be offered all necessary nutrition from the many food sources and delicious meat substitutes available to us today other than actual animal flesh, a serious question of conscience is evoked: How can we continue to subject animals to the torture of slaughter and the unconscionable conditions of modern-day “factory farming” simply for an added taste to our palates? Until we resolve this dilemma, maybe we could at least cut back on our meat intake. At the very least, we would be healthier. 

— Carolyn Mathias, Severna Park, Md. 

Move, over, Fido 

Regarding the letter to the editor in the Jan. 31 issue that advocated Catholics adopt a vegetarian lifestyle: 

It is so easy to miss the real meaning of the “no meat” fad: which is that humans are bad because they hurt the earth. (Note: They are not considered bad because they use birth control and pollute the water with an excess of artificial hormone, or fill the land full of condoms and aborted humans. They are just bad because they eat animal flesh.) 

It is the same as “overpopulation,” “global warming,” and other theories floating around. These are concepts based on incomplete “facts” that are used as scare tactics to keep us busy to the neglect of the real issues: protection of children, ending pornography, keeping the family together and loving God. 

We live in a society where young couples think they are doing the right thing by not having children (or no more than one or two) because kids will “clutter up the earth” and use too many resources. These same people have dogs and cats that they treat as “humans.” In 2007, Americans spent $41 billion — yes, billion — on their pets, and spent several billion dollars more on dog and cat food than they did on baby food. Our society treats humans as pests and pets as humans. 

Only when our society returns to the most basic human value - that is, the family - will we begin to change the world. When we serve God first we will be serving our neighbor also. 

— Teresa Fodor, Anaheim, Calif.

Catholic iconographers 

Thank you for being part of God’s work through icons, as described and pictured in the Feb. 7 In Focus by Mary DeTurris Poust (“Windows into heaven”). It was exciting to read about other dedicated iconographers. I took my first icon workshop in 2002. Since then it has been my personal mission to bring back icons to our Church. 

I am pleased to share that in Denver, Colo., we have a group of dedicated Catholic iconographers who meet on a regular basis at St. Dominic’s parish hall. Since 2002, Prosopon School workshops have been offered yearly. 

By the grace of God, we also offer our own workshops throughout the year for anyone interested. These are taught by our own dedicated guild teachers. Through God’s goodness, we now have icons and gold leaf gilding work in four parishes in Denver and the surrounding area. More information is at www.prosoponschool.org

— Cecelia Marie Aguallo, Denver, Colo.

Slip into quiet 

Regarding “Lenten mission: Tuning out, turning off and listening,” Feb 21:  

I think the drama of the Mass, especially during Lent, was one of the factors that drew me to the Church. Sunday after Sunday I would go to the cathedral, see what priest was doing and be fascinated. I remember my first experiences of the Triduum while not yet a Catholic … especially walking into the absolutely dark church at the Vigil … Holy Mother Church is one unending drama. 

— Linda Cacpal, Aiea, Hawaii

Above the fold 

I have been afraid to write, but it does look like you had pity on all us crossword nuts and put the puzzle above the fold line — thank you. 

The new format is great, and I continue to be amazed at how you can find so much good news each week. Keep up the good work. 

— Isabel Kotlinski, via e-mail