Advocating for abortion is nothing to shout about

Re: “Abortion advocates campaign to eliminate social stigma” (Openers, Oct. 4).

After the deaths of thousands on 9/11, there were actually people in some of the countries in the Middle East who were dancing and shouting in the streets over this terrible tragedy. So it was with disbelief that the day after the horrendous killings and the “shouting” that resulted from people experiencing the carnage in the Oregon community college, there is a story in the news of a woman who had an abortion and encouraged others to “shout their abortion.”

What was missing from the story was those pre-born voices who have been silenced and are unable to shout. Why would one want to “shout out” their abortion, which may have eliminated the developing life of the person who would have discovered the cure for cancer or found a blueprint for peace in the Mideast or invented a way to eliminate pollution? Why would those who want to make abortion “safe, legal and rare” take a position that may encourage more abortions by “shouting out” about them?

This reality is closer to my experience of 18 years as director of Project Rachel (a post-abortion healing program), where I have listened to many women who either quietly cried or loudly sobbed over having taken part of the death of their pre-born son or daughter through an abortion. They would be disheartened by such a story.

Father Jim Hewes, via email

Teacher behavior

Re: “Contract resolution reached, but work remains” (News Analysis, Oct. 25).

It’s commendable that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and the San Francisco archdiocese have a clause in the contract for school teachers that they must follow the precepts of the Church and that their personal conduct can’t be contrary to Catholic values. More bishops should follow Archbishop Cordileone’s example.

It’s crucial that teachers in Catholic schools impart Catholic values to their students. I graduated from Catholic high school in 1980. In my experience, several of the lay teachers made shocking comments about their personal behavior that was immoral and provided we students with a very poor example. If some laymen many years ago had no compunction about expressing their permissive behavior, how much more likely is it today that some teachers in our schools would impart inappropriate values to students? I think the archbishop chose the best way to try to ensure that Catholic students aren’t exposed to immoral personal behavior by faculty.

Tim Donovan, via online comment

Great issue

Re: Papal visit commemorative issue (Oct. 11).

The commemorative issue of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. was wonderful! Congratulations to everyone involved in reporting, photographing, editing, designing and delivering this outstanding edition.

Connie Neuman, via email

Francis’ visit

Re: “To be like Francis” (Editorial, Oct. 11).

Pope Francis, Successor to Peter, leader of the everlasting 2,000-year-old Holy Roman Catholic Church, had a diplomatic tour de force visit to the United States. It truly was an exceptional achievement, requiring unusual strength and genius, perhaps not to be equaled. As expected, by his words and actions, he clearly taught on the Church’s doctrines on the protection of the unborn, traditional marriage and family, and religious liberty. Unfortunately, in my view, one of the topics he should not have discussed was man-made global warming. It seems with his collectivist approach, he has ignored Pope John Paul II, who was a strong champion of free markets and individual freedom. The world’s unmet needs are the problem, not global warming. However, without question, as Pope Francis departed the U.S., the vast majority of his diverse audiences could say, “Well done good and faithful servant, please come again.”

Joe Fitzgerald, via online comment
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