Argument for immigration act not persuasive

Michael Scaperlanda must be a popular law teacher (“DREAM Act would align policy with legal culture,” Dec. 19). Do students get an A despite many unexcused absences? After all, oversleeping, no gas in the car, losing the textbook, the dog eating the homework were not the students’ fault. 

Of course, the daughter of the embezzler doesn’t have to pay her father’s debts. But the fancy home and all the jewelry would be sold. Her happy childhood would always be hers — and the childhood of illegals will always be theirs. 

But to grant them permanent residence and citizenship is just begging more illegals to enter the United States. What about the real citizens whose places in law school, medical school, etc., are taken by these children? What about the crowding of clinics and emergency rooms that they cause? 

We cannot discuss this amnesty until the border is truly secure and the illegals sent home. 

— Ann M. Wanta, Houston, Texas

When Mass is an agony 

Re Msgr. Owen F. Campion’s “Catholic conundrum” (God Lives, Dec. 26). 

For centuries, Catholics let priests off the hook by accepting “the Mass as the Mass.” That simplistic phrase no longer works. I suggest Msgr. Campion endure the agony of a Mass where the priest’s accent cannot be understood. How would he like sitting through seemingly endless, rambling, unprepared homilies? Then when Mass ends he can observe vestments flying through the air as the priest runs to avoid talking with people. 

Apparently, many of us have had enough of having to endure meaningless liturgies and uncaring, unprepared priests. Not only will we shop around, but all too often this shopping extends to Protestant churches. While they lack the Real Presence, it is the presence of a clergy person who is prepared, understood, smiling and totally accountable to the congregation that attracts people. 

Until and unless ordination to the Catholic priesthood opens up to the 99.5 percent now excluded due to gender or marriage, we will have to endure or find a place to worship where we can happily worship and not just endure the agony. 

— K.A. Murphy, Maryville, Tenn.

Plea for chaplains 

Re “Plea for chaplains to serve Catholic soldiers” (News Analysis, Dec. 26). 

I am the spouse of a Marine stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, where we currently do not have a stationed Catholic priest. We are fortunate that a unit on our base has a Catholic priest, and we are often able to receive the sacraments. Unfortunately, his primary duties are to the members of his unit, and he cannot provide adequately to the spiritual and uniquely Catholic needs of the entire base. 

As a victim of the priest shortage in the military, I ask that other readers pray for military vocations. And thank you for the generous donation of OSV to our parish here in Iwakuni. And I would also like to thank Archbishop Timothy Broglio and the other military bishops who travel to the far ends of the earth to provide confirmation each spring.  

God bless the military chaplains and all they do. 

— Jennifer Ramert, Iwakuni, Japan

Outfoxed? 

Re “New Year resolutions” (Editorial, Jan. 2). The fifth one asks us to stop watching the cable news; of course that means Fox News. 

Let me be clear, my blood pressure is fine. If anything, I think Bill O’Reilly is way to soft on this mess we have in the White House and the president’s pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-Catholic Democratic colleagues in the Senate and the House. 

— Ed Snell, Harrisburg, Pa.

Wrong attitude 

Re (“New report of abuse cover-up, enabling ... in public schools,” Jan. 2). Since John Norton requested feedback, I will offer mine. 

I feel this article is totally inappropriate. He states “there appears to be increasing justification to believe that the mainstream media’s focus on the Catholic scandal was more outrage (and delight at?) uncovering hypocrisy rather than the fact of child abuse.” The motives of the media have nothing to do with the truth of what has happened. A terrible thing has happened in the Catholic Church, and the Church and Catholics need to respond with a spirit of repentance and humility. Attacking the media is not compatible with such a spirit. 

— Jim O’Connell, via email

Teach about Christ 

I enjoyed “Recovering the faith” (In Focus, Dec. 26), and it brought to mind a few questions, the first of which is this, “Do people drift away from Christ, or do they drift away from the Catholic Church?” 

It has been said to me that the Church is Christ. No, Christ is Christ and the Church represents him. 

How did the apostles bring people to believe in Jesus? What did they say that would unite them to this radical new Christianity and a new way of life? They taught them about the life and times of Jesus Christ, born to be our Savior, died to set us free and resurrected that we may believe. 

It’s a joyous and glorious day when we can welcome back a lost sheep, but we must give them a sustenance that will help keep them home — Jesus. Is there anything greater than loving Jesus? 

— Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio