Happy memories of reading OSV

Re “What you’re holding in your hands is a collectible edition” (Openers, May 1). 

Well, I’m only 80, but I’ve enjoyed OSV for most of those years. When I was a child, my grandparents always put in a dime into the little box, then grabbed a copy of the paper. I doubt that I read it then, but, through all four years of high school, OSV was required reading by the Incarnate Word Sisters. On Mondays, there would be a quiz on that week’s paper. I cannot honestly say I read every word, but it had to be thoroughly studied to be prepared for that quiz. 

There was a time in my adult life when I did not have the paper — somewhere in the period of our finding it in the church vestibule and the need for obtaining a subscription. 

I wish OSV another 100 years. 

— Doris Geesing, Tucson, Ariz.

Breeding ground  

Re “What’s the profile of the typical priest ordained today” (Openers, May 8). 

What accounts for large families being the genesis of most vocations? Since those who have large families are more inclined to embrace faith, accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church and eschew the secular principles so prevalent in Western society, it makes perfect sense that such an environment is the appropriate breeding ground for vocations. 

— Christopher G. Tasy, Sanger, Calif.

Lacking blessing 

Re “What’s the profile of the typical priest ordained today” (Openers, May 8). 

In regard to contraception, what seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle is that using contraception is a mortal sin. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the effects of mortal sin are separation from God. And I would assume his graces and blessings. To make matters worse, most Catholics using contraception still receive Communion, committing another mortal sin. I am not surprised that these families are not receiving the blessing of a vocation. 

— Becky Cahill, Salem, Mo.

Royal living arrangement 

Reading the article “A royal role model for modesty?” (Our Take, May 15), I was hoping OSV was addressing the fact that Catherine Middleton was living with Prince William before they were married, but it wasn’t the case. Just like the secular world, the Catholic press was caught up in the emotion of the pretty lady getting married to the prince. 

— Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pa.

Gaga’s withered roots 

Re “Kudos to Lady Gaga praying on HBO” (Our Take, May 8). 

I wonder if Bill Donohue knows that Lady Gaga urged her audience at her concert in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 4 to protest State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s stance opposing plans to make same-sex marriage legal? I’m also curious if Donohue is aware that Lady Gaga wants to get ordained as a minister, so she can marry gay fans on stage?  

According to Britain’s Heat magazine, the bombastic pop sensation has already completed an online course, and is ready to fill out the paperwork to become an ordained minister. Somehow, I doubt that Donohue would give kudos to Lady Gaga for her strong support of same-sex marriage. Sadly, it seems that her Catholic roots have withered. 

— JoAnn Fuir, Lewisburg, W.Va.

God’s retribution 

Re Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s quote that disasters are never a punishment from God (This Week, May 8). 

I would like to know, if that is true, just who burned Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed the earth by water? 

— Raymond Wethington, Hardinsburg, Ky.

Fulfilling the hunger 

This Easter Vigil, I received the rites of initiation in the Catholic Church at RAF Lakenheath Chapel, United Kingdom. For 14 years I was an Anglican priest ordained in a traditional, “continuing” Anglican province. My wife and daughters were received into the Church in 2004 with the hope that in the Lord’s timing, I would follow suit. 

Above all else, my conversion to the Catholic Church must be attributed to the hunger Christ has placed in my heart to know him and to be united with him.  

When I understood that the Church Fathers believed and taught the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, then I desired to receive him even more in the Mass. St. Augustine teaches, “Become what you eat; receive what you are.” 

If one denies the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, then for all practical purposes one will deny or at least fail to see the significance and present-day relevance of the incarnation of Christ in the Church, the Body of Christ. If this happens, then authentic Christianity is lost. Receiving Christ and being Christ in the world — is this not the essence of Christianity? 

This is why I’m Catholic! 

Frank Watts, via email

Correction 

British ordinariate welcomes first members” (News Analysis, May 8) should have made clear that the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham — Msgr. Keith Newton — is not a bishop, though he is allowed to wear a miter and carry a crosier, and that his successor will be appointed by the pope, not directly by the ordinariate’s Governing Council.