I appreciated the “In Brief” item (This Week, March 13) covering Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., and canon lawyer Ed Peters on the incident involving Cuomo receiving holy Communion from Hubbard despite the fact he has a live-in girlfriend. And I imagine deadlines made it impossible to say anything about the indictment of the 21 priests in Philadelphia. 

Although I, at times, may take issue with Msgr. M. Francis Mannion about his interpretation of doctrine, I have managed not to become unduly upset over the years when scandals involving priests pop up. I love priests.  

That said, I simply wonder if other laity and clergy were as troubled as I was to have both the Cuomo sacrilege and the Philadelphia indictment occur within days of each other. And I also wonder how many were more upset by the Cuomo sacrilege than they were by the Philadelphia indictments. 

I can’t imagine what culpability Bishop Hubbard has in this incident, but it’s his involvement that upsets me more than Cuomo’s.  

Bishop Hubbard has been quoted as advising all of us not to prejudge Cuomo without knowing all the facts. I cannot fathom what “evidence” Bishop Hubbard might have that would permit him to give holy Communion to a divorced governor and his live-in girlfriend in front of television cameras set up by the national media. 

Some explanation coming from a clergyman might be helpful to the laity.

— Donal Mahoney, via email 

Fighting cohabitation 

Re “Cohabitation’s curse” (God Lives, March 20). 

Msgr. Owen F. Campion outlined this serious problem of immorality that plagues our society, which is looked at as “normal” or “acceptable.” It is a topic that is never broached by our parish priest. Even when the priest is approached in consultation about this problem, he is never able to give any guidance. It is all left up to us. The same way we are fighting against abortion, homosexuality and other moral depravations, we should address this moral cancer that is so widely extended.  

I wish there would be an issue or a section of OSV to give guidance to all of us. 

— Ernesto Molina, via email

Confession’s graces 

Thank you for your perspective on the nature of confession and its place in the daily lives of all Catholics (“Rediscovering the riches of reconciliation,” March 27). 

In 1980, I acquired a master’s of divinity degree. A good friend of mine (and still a priest today) would laugh and roll his eyes when, right after ordination, I asked him about hearing confessions. 

“Heck Tom,” he would thunder, “I can assure you that (a) I hear the same things over and over and (b) “the minute I say your sins are forgiven, I can’t remember anything just heard.” Today I find my life in a state of uncertainty and upheaval. Thank God that, having had the experiences I’ve had, I know how beneficial it is for me to return to this sacrament frequently. Even if it’s just to say, “Father, I’ve come today to ask for the graces I so desperately need daily, and to be assured again that the Father loves me.” 

— Tom Sporman, Circleville, Kan. 

Sacraments’ power 

I think the answer to“Keeping our Catholic minds ‘fearless, thirsty and supple’” (Openers, March 20) is as simple as staying close with the sacraments. 

If we know and love Jesus, we will surrender and trust in him who loved us first. Is this easy? No. That is why he will challenge us to move and grow spiritually every day. Sometimes, though, the longest journey is from the head to the heart! 

— Kristin Deitrick, via email

Proper attribution 

Re “Praying in the domestic church” (In Focus, March 13). The phrase “A family that prays together stays together” is incorrectly attributed to Blessed Mother Teresa. This phrase was coined by Father Patrick Peyton, the Rosary priest back in the 1940s or 1950s.  

— Jackie Mashia, Chicopee, Mass.