Love of God is the best and first answer

Re: “A house divided” (Spectator, Nov. 11). 

For at least 10 years I have tried to put into words a solution to empty pews and the growing numbers of “nones” confronting the Christian community. We are, at best, a divided religion of multiple denominations caused by selfish interpretation of the same Book. If the Church really wants to turn the tide of a growing “nones” population, then maybe we should get back to the origin of our faith, loving God. 

Let me ask this: “At what point are Catholics supposed to be educated on Church doctrine?” Early Catholic education does not teach the correlations of Scripture and doctrine so unless it is learned somehow, through osmosis perhaps, why does the Church assume the faithful are up-to-date on Catholic teaching or the Catechism?  

What do we do? First, consider who the enemy is and that division is his tool, but remember always that salvation is God’s gift to us. We can get back, with the Church’s help and direction, to the original purpose of our being, ‘to love God with our whole hearts, mind, soul and body.” So Church, show us your heart and teach us to love, all else will follow. 

Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio 

Missing children

Re: “Searching for ways to keep Catholic schools open” (News Analysis, Nov. 4). 

Finally someone said it — the reason Catholic schools are failing is because “we do not have families of six or seven kids anymore.” These words are true not only for Catholic schools but also as the basis for a great many of the social ills in this country today. The truth of the matter is since the passing of Roe vs. Wade, an estimated 53 million American children have been killed. Perhaps 10 percent of those children would have attended Catholic schools. Perhaps 50 percent of them would have grown up to be contributing taxpayers. Abortion is a terrible, terrible stain on America’s morals and values. 

John L. Anders Jr., Houston, Texas

Moral cancer support

What strikes me most about Kathleen Murphy’s response (Letters to the Editor, Nov. 18) to the column “Komen Alternative” (Eye on Culture, Oct. 28) is that she does not acknowledge the Komen Foundation’s very real alliance with Planned Parenthood. Why should an organization that is searching for a cure for breast cancer donate money to Planned Parenthood? Can Planned Parenthood find a cure for breast cancer? The obvious answer is “No,” since Planned Parenthood does not do research, it just sponsors “family planning” initiatives that are in opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on God’s plan for families. Therefore, Teresa Tomeo is suggesting that people stop supporting the Komen Foundation, and begin supporting the Coalition on Abortion and Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. Tomeo indicates that these organizations are in line with the teachings of the Church.  

I have a dear friend who just recently lost her battle with breast cancer. Not once in her two years of treatment did I think that she possibly got the breast cancer as a result of an earlier abortion. People do not naturally assume that breast cancer is the result of an abortion. That was not the point of Tomeo’s article. The point is that there other organizations that we can support in the search for a cure, organizations that do not support Planned Parenthood. 

Christine T. Anderson, Portage, Mich.

New way of talking

Re: “Voices from the East” (In Focus, Nov. 11), on the Church in Eastern and Central Europe. 

Csaba Szabo said, “Now, suddenly, our society has reached the point that when you say you are against abortion, you are dismissed as old-fashioned. We have to learn a new way of talking about these things ...” I agree. Those who are for abortion rights are called “pro-choice.” That has a positive connotation — like choosing between vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. We need to take that positive connotation away and call abortion what it is: the killing of unborn children. It may not be politically correct, but I suggest one should be either pro-life or pro-unborn-child-killing. Let’s take away that nice pro-choice label they’ve been hiding behind and make them face up to what they’re really supporting. This may not be the “new way of talking” that Szabo had in mind, but it’s what I’d like to see happen. 

Ann Deobler, Ottawa, Ill.

Sunday Mass is a must

Re:“30 ways to make Advent, Christmas stress-free” (In Focus, Nov. 25). 

Most every suggestion was very good. I was a little concerned about No. 1 — “Promise yourself you will go to Mass every Sunday during Advent.” Shouldn’t we promise to go every Sunday? It should say, “Try to go to Mass more than just Sunday during Advent.” 

Re: “Meatless Fridays” by Greg Erlandson (Spectator, Nov. 25). When meatless Fridays stopped, it was not stressed by the Church to sacrifice something on your own. Maybe that should come naturally, but unfortunately, most of us need direction. I personally fast and abstain on Wednesday and Friday. As you said, we shouldn’t “focus” on threats and punishments, but will it again be a mortal sin? It would be great to “be in it together,” but just as an encouragement, not a “must.” 

Rita Misero, via email