Your statement, “The Church’s position is viewed as archaic and out of touch, even by the majority of Catholics” caused me to pause and think about the truth imparted. Perhaps that “majority” is the same “majority” who doesn’t agree with the Church’s teachings on birth control and/or abortion. Perhaps those are the Catholics who don’t read Catholic publications, or who are not fully (or even partially) catechized.
How do we, the “minority” of Catholics, touch the “majority”? We want to impart to our children and grandchildren, and friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners, authentic Catholic teaching (which they seem to have missed while growing up, or they would not be in the “majority”). We spend a lot of time talking in our small groups about what we see is happening in our Church and society, but we need some concrete way to impact others. We are told to live the example of Christ in our homes, schools and workplaces. It seems we need some additional guidelines.
Re: “Attempting to bridge gap on same-sex issues” (News Analysis, Sept. 6).
Let’s pray the Church (laity and clergy) does a better job with the gay “marriage” issue than we have done with artificial contraception, pornography, heterosexual marital relations outside of marriage, in vitro fertilization, abortion, etc. If Jesus is the way, truth and life and we do not preach/teach the truth of these issues’ mortal sinfulness, we are neglecting who Jesus is. It has been said to hate the sin and love the sinner. Today we seem to tolerate both the sinner and the sin. Let us not mask the mortal sin of sodomy with kindness to those with SSA which, in of itself, is not a sin. Who will stand up and say that any sexual activity outside the bond of holy matrimony between one man and one woman is a mortal sin? These issues are not the “Borg” from “Star Trek,” where “resistance is futile.” Resistance is required and necessary.
— Joe Marincel, Flower Mound, Texas
Meeting the pope
Re: “If you had five minutes with Pope Francis ... what would you ask him?” (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13).
Dear Holy Father, thank you for visiting our country and sharing with us your concerns and prayers. We are a nation resolved in separating our God and our government. There are those who desire to live devoid of any interference from our heavenly Father and seek to remove his presence that he may not influence a judgment of any kind on morality. We are a nation divided among our thoughts about how to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We replace those noble thoughts with sex, greed and power.
Pray for us, dear Francis, that it may not be too late to receive an antidote for the suffering soul and that we may realize our true savior, Jesus Christ!
— Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio
Freedom and faith
Re: “Earth 2.0, the Great Commission and a challenge” (Openers, Aug. 16).
Our country started out on the belief that all men were created in God’s image. It was from this belief that democracy and freedom were forged. As we slowly move away from a belief in God, we simultaneously move away from freedom.
I overheard Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Timothy Dolan having a discussion on the radio about our Holy Father’s visit to the United States. They talked about the hope that the Holy Father’s visit might increase faith and belief in God in this nation. When I read this article, it struck me deeply that democracy, our faith in God and freedom are all tied together. Evil does not stand as an entity unto itself. Rather it is lack of good.
We must, as a nation, as a human race, come to understand that faith in God is the basis for democracy and freedom. If we, as a planet, do not move in this direction, then evil will prevail. It is then, God help us, that Earth 2.0 will be our only hope.
— Ron Housenet, via email
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