Congressman's clever column can't mask truth

Re: “Father John Corapi walks away from priestly ministry” (News Analysis, July 10). 

I am not able to say whether Father Corapi could receive fair treatment. Perhaps the process is terribly flawed, as he says. But I cannot help but think of another well-known priest who was wronged, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. St. Pio did not resort to lawsuits, nondisclosure agreements, payoffs and abandoning the priesthood. 

Randolph Raetz,Vancouver, Wash.

Where was oversight?  

I have no clue as to Father Corapi’s guilt or innocence. I do, however, wonder where the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity’s oversight has been during the years that all the alleged misconduct has occurred. 

Bill Rowles, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Much-needed ministry 

I came across the article regarding health care for the mentally ill in Seattle (“Seattle cathedral serves health, spiritual needs of mentally ill,” July 10). Praise be to God! I only wish that my son would have those resources available to him. In January, he entered a psychiatric hospital. This is an incredibly gifted and talented young man, yet he had been hiding the personal struggles he was going through and thought he could save himself from the “demons chasing him” through a deep prayer life. The prayer life helped, but it was the medication and assistance from trained mental health professionals that brought him back to “feeling normal.” I will keep this program in my prayers for its success and for the Order of Malta to help in other dioceses around the world with this same type of program. 

A. G.via email

Bedtime stories 

When my sons were small, I was a full-time working mother. I remember being very tired at the end of each day, but when it was bedtime, I would lay down on the bottom bunk near my younger son and say prayers with them. My sons still tease me about the time I fell asleep during prayers. But their memories of those days are not of the fact that Mom and Dad were stressed about how to make ends meet, but of our prayer time before bed. My older son now has two children, and he and his wife make time every night to pray with their children. I feel the book reviewed in the July 17 OSV (Our Take, “To sleep, perchance to swear”) tells us more about the families around us than we want to hear. It is very sad. 

Christine T. Anderson, Portage, Mich.

Full Catechism teaching 

One of the letters to the editors in your July 10 issue objected to your use of the term “gay priests” and mentioned the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s assertion that “homosexual acts are ‘intrinsically disordered.’” So many Catholics seem fixated on that particular part of the Catechism that they seem to forget (or conveniently ignore) that the Catechism goes on to say that people with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies [...] must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”  

Mary Dodson, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Legislating morality 

Re: “Violent video games make kids violent. Or do they?” (Openers, July 17). 

As to whether we should restrict the sale of violent fare to children in a nation that guarantees freedom of speech, consider the words of George Washington in his farewell address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

Because our Constitution presumes that we will be governed by a moral law, it has guaranteed us freedoms. When we misuse that freedom and cause harm, there will always be those who will want to legislate morality. But when we try to do that, we must then decide what moral laws we want the government to enforce and how we want the government to enforce them. 

For my part, I prefer to keep our constitutional freedoms while hoping and praying that those who practice religion will encourage all to follow the moral law. 

Otto Bonahoom, Fort Wayne, Ind.