Better coverage of March for Life needed

Re: “Youthful marchers committed to spreading life-affirming message” (News Analysis, Feb. 10). 

I must say that I am very disappointed in your scant coverage of the 2013 March For Life. Perhaps the Feb. 3 issue had no time to prepare a decent story, but the Feb. 10 issue could have taken advantage of this huge event to be a voice for life. As it was, there were a few articles and a bottom-of-the-front-page picture.  

The focus of this issue appeared to be on human suffering, a worthy subject enough, but in comparison to the more than half-million-participant 2013 March For Life, and all it stood for, it seems the age-old affliction of suffering could have waited. 

Considering that the secular media did not cover this event, except for a few very biased shots of the four “keep abortion legal” signs out of the more than 500,000 “life” marchers, we needed the Catholic publishers to be there for us, and for all those who are losing their lives to abortion each day. Where were you? 

Denise Ries, Troy, Ohio

Disarming the Vatican

Re: “In Quotes” (This Week in the News, Feb. 3). 

I read a quote from Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman: “Peace is born from the heart, but it will be easier to achieve if we have fewer weapons in hand.”  

I believe that with such conviction and the shield of God protecting the Vatican, there is absolutely no need for them to have an armed Swiss Guard with vintage and modern machine guns. Since the good father wishes to get to peace, let’s have him lead by example and start with disarming the Vatican. 

Wes Orzechowski, Iola, Kan.

Contraception’s threats

Re: “Wedding-bell blues” (Editorial, Feb. 3). 

How long can we continue to ignore the heart of the problem with marriage, as well as the culture (of death) in general? How long will it not be mentioned in editorials, homilies, bishops’ agendas? Dare I say the word? CONTRACEPTION. Don’t be afraid to attack the disease at its root.  

James Kurt, Sarasota, Fla.

A matter of obedience

Re: “Catholics weigh in on gun control regulations” (News Analysis, Jan. 27). 

Your article on gun control disgusts me. First, it lacks mentioning any fundamental teaching of the Bible. Second, the article should have included something about obedience as an answer for gun control. From the beginning of creation, man disobeyed God and there were consequences. Isn’t the violence we see today a result of disobeying laws? When are we going to start teaching obedience?  

Charles McDermott, via email

Not morally neutral

I was deeply saddened to read of two Catholic priests whose love of hunting appears to have made them resistant to the idea of new laws that would limit the sale of assault weapons. 

One of the priests carries a concealed pistol. The other says “guns, like all other weapons, are morally neutral.” I would disagree. A kitchen knife and a rope can be used to kill, but that is not their original intention. The only purpose of a gun is to maim and/or kill. There is a huge difference between someone who owns a gun for hunting food or for self-defense and what we allow.  

Amarette Cunnings,Gorham, N.H.


“Mali Church mobilizes support in fight against rebels” (News Analysis, Feb. 17) gave incorrect attribution of a quote to Helen Blakesley, Catholic Relief Service’s regional information officer for West and Central Africa, and misrepresented the work of CRS in Mali. What follows is a statement from Blakesley on CRS’ relief efforts: 

“CRS has been helping families who fled northern Mali since the beginning of the crisis last year. For those who came to the Mopti region in the middle of the country, we’ve distributed food, cash and toiletries, and built latrines and kitchen sites at a camp for displaced people. We’ve reached more than 7,000 households, so around 50,000 people. In light of the military intervention, we’ve been assessing what the needs of the new influx of people are, and are holding further distributions, as well as working with partners to coordinate and to try and get as much funding as we can to help more people. In the capital, Bamako, we’re continuing to help those who have fled by providing monthly cash distributions. We select the most vulnerable people and give them money to help cover basic needs like food, health costs, school fees or rent, if they’re not staying with a host family. So far, we’re helping around 4,000 Bamako-based displaced people but that will rise when new funding comes through. CRS has been working in Mali since 1999, and we’re carrying on our other, nonemergency projects as best we can. With the recent food crisis in the Sahel region, we’ve been doing agriculture, nutrition, boosting community infrastructures like water holes, education and food security projects — like school feeding. We’re in around 300 schools, reaching about 75,000 children in two vulnerable regions, making sure kids get a hot, nutritious meal each day, and the vitamins they need.”

The email address for Father Lawrence Jagdfeld (“Letter-writing apostolate ministers to chronically ill, disabled”) should have been listed as