The strength to speak out for Church teaching

There were some outstanding articles in the April 21 edition.  

Msgr. Owen F. Campion was spot on in his column on same-sex marriage. He made an excellent point that the “faithful should support Catholic teaching on same-sex marriage as it is in society’s best interests” (God Lives, “Listen to the Church”). Sadly, too many of today’s Catholics lamely claim that they are personally not in favor of same-sex marriage, but they are reluctant to speak out against it for fear of being labeled judgmental or homophobic.  

“Standing up for the Faith when it counts” (Faith) was terrific. Russell Shaw wisely said, “where fortitude is lacking toleration easily deteriorates into cowardice. That happens with people who don’t oppose what they recognize as wrong because they might suffer for opposing it.” 

We Catholics have the moral obligation to stand up for the rights of the unborn, and for the protection of traditional marriage and family life. After all, if we do not speak out against the evils that are permeating our contemporary society, who will? Catholics need to pray for God’s help to be courageous during these perilous times. We would also do well to remember to shine the light of Christ to this dark, broken world. 

JoAnn L. Fuir, Alderson, W.Va.  

In defense of Superman

Re: “Superhero films: a search for moral greatness” (Culture, April 28). 

Emily Stimpson’s interview with Jonathan Sanford was very insightful and well reasoned and reflected a lot of the way in which I and many of my friends see these movies and the stories upon which they are based. 

However, I was puzzled about his statement that, compared with the other superhero movies, the Superman movies show him as less than morally heroic. 

I would like to know what the basis for this statement is — Sanford never explains it. 

In fact, the first two Superman movies were very popular, the third and fourth less so because they were not as well made or the script was lacking, not because of anything wrong with the title character. 

Of course, he is not perfect, but neither are the other heroes Sanford talks about. 

I urge the professor to rewatch “Superman I,” “Superman II” and “Superman Returns,” and the upcoming “Man of Steel.” I bet he’ll change his mind.  

Philip Kerler, Eagan, Minn.  

The benefits of fracking

“Balancing the risks, rewards of hydraulic fracturing” (News Analysis, April 21) contains so many platitudes, it’s hard to know which to address.  

The description of how fracking is done indicates extending the drilled wells to about one mile below the surface to where the oil or gas is processed. The well casing is then sealed and pipelines within the sealed well casing, to allow the gas or oil to be transported to the ultimate users. Then the article proceeds to list every potential problem that could be dreamed up to oppose the process. This is about as practical as objecting to driving an automobile because there are many potential dangers involved in that activity. 

Why do we need fracking? Our country imports a very large amount of oil required to fuel our economy. This importation “dumps” money into the sea. The national debt is near $17 trillion. Buying all this oil just makes a bad situation worse. Our unemployment rate is 7.5 percent. The release of this process would aid in its reduction. 

The article notes that the EPA has and continues to investigate fracking “but so far have not found direct contamination of ground water.” Likewise, it reports that the industry has developed new techniques to reduce air pollution. In other words, the industry is taking steps to improve the process as quickly as possible. 

Then you get the complaint that “we also have an increase in crime, we have roads that are terrible, we have probably incidents of human trafficking going on.” Is this to imply that such problems did not exist before fracking?  

These are problems that can be addressed with the improvement of the economy from wages and thus taxes. Certainly leaving the earth untapped and the workers unemployed will not correct the suggested problems. 

Charles J. Lemont, Shelby Township, Mich.  

OK to break law?

Re: This Week in Quotes (April 21). 

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver states: “Whatever we do for the immigrants among us, we will have done for Christ our Lord.” 

It seems I read somewhere that “we must uphold all laws as long as they don’t interfere with the laws of our Lord.” 

Illegal immigrants have broken the law of their homeland before they came illegally to this country. Does this good archbishop imply it is OK to break the law and expect the law-abiding citizen to embrace and support them? 

Luise Pearcy, Owendale, Mich.  

Holy Spirit will guide

Re: “Pope Francis forms group to advise on reform” (News Analysis, April 28). 

The Holy Spirit has already sent us Pope Francis. Continued prayers are needed for his guidance during these reforms.  

Veni Sancte Spiritus!  

Colleen Sheehy, via online comment