Party platforms are very informative

Re: “Every vote counts” (Editorial, Oct. 7). 

The U.S. bishops should have reminded Catholics in this country that the two platforms of the political parties tell us all we need to know about which party is for us and which is against us. 

The document cited in the editorial, “Forming Citizens for Faithful Citizenship,” is too ambiguous for the average Catholic to understand.  

Use words we can all understand, such as, “If a candidate is pro-abortion, one should not support him.” 

Henry Poterucha, M.D. Effingham, Ill.

HHS suit

Re: “This Week in Quotes” (Sept. 30). 

I am greatly encouraged by and admire the stance that Hobby Lobby has taken in filing a lawsuit against the mandate in Obamacare that would force the Christian business to provide the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan. As an employee at Hobby Lobby, I am honored to work for a company that is willing to take a stand for righteousness, having nothing to do with “fruitless deeds of darkness.” 

Whatever you believe concerning contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs, can you at least agree that the government has no right to force religious organizations, or any organization for that matter, to violate their convictions? Hobby Lobby should indeed be commended for refusing to be silent in light of such a draconian example of government overreach. If we do not speak up, what other freedoms will disappear?” 

  — Nicholas Heald, Park City, Kan.

Missing holy person

Your presentation on “Holiness on our home soil” (In Focus, Oct. 14) is incomplete. You did not include any information on Venerable Frederic Baraga (1797-1868), first bishop of Marquette, Mich. 

Bishop Baraga was a great missionary figure in the history of the American Church. For 37 years, he labored in the upper Great Lakes area covering over 80,000 square miles of wilderness to make God known and loved by all men. 

Please check www.BishopBaraga.org. Or you may contact the Bishop Baraga Association at 906-227-9117. 

Pauline Scharres, L.H.S. Lemont, Ill.

Two missing names

Your list of American holy people moving closer to sainthood is missing two powerful names: 

Blessed Francis X. Seelos and Father Solanus Casey. Please include these two on your list in your future issues of OSV. 

May God bless the staff of OSV for the fantastic job they are doing in educating the Catholics in the United States. 

Eugene A. Mazza, Aliquippa, Pa.

Editor’s note: The Oct. 14 In Focus was intended to look at only a handful of American holy people whose canonization causes have advanced in recent months. As Thomas J. Craughwell noted in his introduction to the In Focus, about 90 American candidates have been put forward for sainthood. Therefore, covering all of the causes in a four-page package would be impossible.  

Eye-opening issue

Re: “A Century of serving the Church” (Centennial special issue, Sept. 30). 

I was born in 1943, so I eagerly turned to that year in your survey of 100 years of OSV. The Planned Parenthood cartoon was a real winner! It is a real eye-opener to see how little Planned Parenthood has changed in the nearly 70 years of my lifetime. Margaret Sanger did indeed leave the world worse off for her having been active in it. 

Congratulations on a wonderful commemorative issue. I enjoyed every page, even going so far as to get out my magnifying glass and reading the articles in the very early editions. 

Chris Wroblewski via email

Proud tradition

To those of you that worked so hard in presenting us the centennial special issue, there are no words that can explain our thanks for a job well done. It makes us feel so proud to still belong to the Church that Jesus founded. Those who have left the Church, the Church has suffered a great loss. But those who have left have also suffered as great a loss (2,000 years of history and traditions and evangelization).  

OSV is a proud representation of that history, and so we continue to be. 

Alvaro Bettucchi, South San Francisco, Calif.

Corrections

A photo caption in “New EWTN series promotes traditional family” (Profile, Oct. 21) misidentified “Authentically Free At Last” co-host Gloria Purvis. Our Sunday Visitor regrets the error. 

In “Candidates downplay faith on campaign trail” (News Analysis, Oct. 21), Geoff Layman of Notre Dame should have been quoted as saying the following about Mitt Romney, “At the convention, there were efforts to frame him as a good Christian family man, but you can’t take that too far in the way an evangelical candidate might, like President George W. Bush or [Texas] Gov. Rick Perry. All you can say is that Romney is a strong family man with good morals, and leave it at that. If you go too far, you raise too many questions about the differences between Mormonism and evangelical Christianity.”