Unborn are truly ‘the least of these’

Re: “Candidates are urged to remember ‘the least of these’” (News Analysis, Oct. 21). 

I would like very much to remind all the social justice people — bishops, priests, nuns and laypeople — that the very least of our brethren is most certainly the unborn child and to ask if that unborn child has any place at all in the Church’s so-called social justice teaching. As a practicing Catholic, I am sickened every presidential election when it becomes so obvious that this Church, founded by Christ and of which I have been a member for 75 years, straddles the fence and brags about not choosing one candidate over the other, even in this election year when we have a president running for re-election who is absolutely pro-abortion at any and all stages, and who has thus far been successful in removing our religious freedom and is itching to remove others.  

— Mary Ann Goers, Lansdowne, Pa.

Just ‘justice’

Where did this notion of “social” justice come from? A quick search of the Douay Bible shows that the term “social justice” never appears. What does appear, 392 times, is the word “justice.” The Doctors of the Church speak of justice, not “social justice.” So where does the term come from? I believe it began with Catholics trying to apply Marxist principles to Catholic tenets. Catholics have always embraced justice, so why do we need to subdivide it? We don’t, but those who do subdivide justice, at heart, want to create and exploit divisions between people. Is that what Jesus did? I don’t think so. 

— Patrick Christle, New Haven, Ind. 

Women and voting

Abortion, economy major issues for women voters” (News Analysis, Oct. 14) tells only part of the story. 

In the hierarchy of issues, certain public-policy concerns are inherently more important than others. The right to life is nonnegotiable, meaning that it should outweigh other issues. It is deeply troubling to me that a Catholic publication would feature a quote and a picture of someone who publicly supports a president who has pursued a blatantly pro-abortion agenda. President Barack Obama’s health care plan, because of its public funding of abortion, will result in the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade if it is not repealed. 

If Catholic women vote for a president who has never supported a single restriction on abortion, they are betraying their faith, the women who are exploited by the abortion industry and the poorest among us, the unborn. 

 Maria Gallagher, Harrisburg, Pa. 

Re: “Abortion, economy major issues for women voters.”  

I believe that it is unconscionable for a Catholic to vote for an “anti-life” presidential candidate. Knowing that Barack Obama is so strongly opposed to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life, how can a good Catholic vote for him? He obviously has no regard for the rights of the unborn. Nor does he respect the deeply held religious convictions of, literally, millions of Christian Americans. Basically, Obama has thumbed his nose at all of the Catholics in this nation.  

— JoAnn Fuir, Lewisburg, W.Va. 

Moral issues paramount

America is the only nation in the world that was founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Without respect for life, the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness become a moot point.  

George Washington stated that a nation’s laws spring from its morals, and that its morals spring from religion. In essence, he stated that it is impossible to govern rightly without God.  

If God becomes irrelevant to the public life of a nation, then no freedoms are truly sacred. There can be no liberty without the presence of God.  

Prominent issues and their resultant actions, such as abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning and homosexual unions, cannot and must not be compromised. These issues are always morally wrong, are not negotiable and can never be justified.  

The upcoming election in November will be one of the most critical in the history of our country. There will be a wide range of important issues to consider, such as poverty, crime, health care, education, civil rights, capital punishment, immigration policy, etc. 

However, it is imperative that we are also aware of the candidates’ positions on key moral issues and vote in accordance with a well-formed conscience. Our country must again revert to a culture of life. God will then bless us with abundant fruit, and we will once again become a great nation and a beacon of light for the rest of the world. 

— Joe Charnovich, Uniontown, Ohio 

Correction

A photo caption in “The sexualization of girls” (In Focus, Oct. 28) should have stated that Christy Starr, co-author of a study referenced in the story, was observing a preschool class. The photo does not show her conducting the study. Also, the story should have said that different studies on self-sexualization have linked teen girls and women objectifying themselves with poorer performance in school (most notably in mathematics) and in competitive sports.