Franciscan University a launching pad for not just notable leaders

Re: “An apostolate of friendship” (Faith, Sept. 27).

I missed all this by a semester. But I must give a shout out to all the other grads of Franciscan University of Steubenville (especially the women!) who gassed up on high-octane Holy Spirit for four years and then went out into the world and ran with it.

Many of us are mothers of large broods, hidden from the world, active in our homes and communities, and these women inspire me daily. Changing the world, one diaper at a time!

Shannon Marie Federoff, via online comment

Conscientious objection

Re: “Kentucky clerk’s objection shouldn’t be dismissed” (Essay, Sept. 27).

We should be exceedingly thankful to — and grateful for — heroic citizens and public servants like Kim Davis, who was willing to stand up for religious freedom and her conscience and go to jail in the face of the blatantly idiotic ruling by five unelected justices to mandate that homosexual marriage be the law of the land.

Let us pray that Kim Davis’ heroism is suitably rewarded, that religious freedom is restored soon and that we quickly return to adherence to the U.S. Constitution that made this country great.

W.A. Krotoski, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I understand both sides. However, she chose to be a clerk, and with that comes the details.

In my opinion, like Scripture says, “render under Caesar what is Caesar’s and God’s what is God’s.”

Jason Patrick, via online comment

I have no problem with conscientious objection; however, I am concerned that someone who lives in a glass house is throwing rocks. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk facing potentially stiff penalties for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has been married four times, raising questions of hypocrisy and selective application of the Bible to her life.

Kathy S. Grimm, via online comment

Marriage has God’s image imprinted on it; it was created by God and belongs to God, not to the state of Kentucky (or the Supreme Court or even the United States as a whole).

She chose to be a clerk, but does that mean that what are sometimes referred to as “Bible-believing” Christians (i.e., those of us who put God’s word higher than the human notion of “fairness”) should be barred from certain occupations?

If the government decided to license butchers with a requirement that they must serve any commonly available meat to customers, would you look at the Jewish or Muslim butchers being forced to serve pork and just shrug and say, “They chose to be butchers”?

Anthony Zarrella, via online comment

Indulgences

Re: “Pope Francis announces jubilee indulgences” (News Analysis, Sept. 20).

This is just wonderful! Thank you, Pope Francis, for helping all of us who may be unable to get a papal blessing or to go on a missionary trip during the Holy Year of Mercy to find ways that we can get special blessings and offer them for sins!

Marianne Panzica, via online comment

Same-sex attraction

Re: “Attempting to bridge the gap on same-sex issues” (News Analysis, Sept. 6).

As a gay Catholic who struggles with the challenges of same-sex attraction, I found the interview with Dr. Janet E. Smith to be compelling.

I’m unfamiliar with the “Spiritual Friendship” project. From Dr. Smith’s comments, the bloggers are controversial but do their best to live chaste, holy lives in accord with Church teaching.

I’d like to learn more about the bloggers and the “Friendship” project. I think that the best way to do so would be to read “Living the Truth in Love,” which has the essays of the speakers at the conference.

Tim Donovan, via online comment
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