Pray for our leaders, as God has ultimate authority

Re: “The dilemma of democracy” (Guest column, May 1).

As usual, Russell Shaw hit the nail on the head. A lot of us this year are in a moral quandary about voting, wishing for just one candidate of real integrity whom we can support with no conflicts of conscience.

Nevertheless, our primary Christian responsibility toward the state is fulfilled not in the voting booth but on our knees. We who trust in Christ and live under his lordship are able, through prayer, to go over the heads of earthly rulers and judges to “Him who is the head of all rule and authority” (Col 2:10). We are not at the mercy of foolish or arrogant leaders. We are at the mercy of our loving Father in heaven and of his Son who died for us and now lives to intercede for us. In response to the repentance and prayers of his people, God can move those in authority to act in accord with his will of mercy and love rather than as instruments of the judgment that we as a nation surely deserve.

In these difficult times, let us make full use of the access to God’s presence, which Christ our Lord opened for us by his blood!

Margret Meyer, Jacksonville, Florida

Transgender policies

Re: “Bathroom guidelines open cultural fault line” (News Analysis, May 29).

I will only say that I find it incredible that the student need only to claim to identify as transgender in order to enter the bathroom of their choice. It is a directive ripe for abuse, which is what really worries me about this bill. I understand transgender people have to be respected, and while I may never understand them, I love them as fellow humans and leave their judgment to God.

I think a workable solution is to have a unisex bathroom for those who don’t care who enters in their bathroom and small separate ones for cisgender males and females who want privacy.

Carlos Navia, via online comment

Fetal pain laws

Re: “Can fetal pain laws be first step to protecting life?” (News Analysis, April 17).

The story reports that Utah became the first state to enact a law requiring that unborn babies 20 weeks and older receive anesthesia prior to abortion.

The 20th week is an important milestone in human fetal gestation because of the presence of endorphins, which are endogenous opioids involved in pain management; their presence is an indication that the fetus can experience pain. The possibility that human fetuses may experience excruciating pain, unmitigated by the absence of endorphins at these early ages, brings additional condemnation to the barbaric abortion procedure.

Until it is fully recognized that the fetus is not just an appendix of the mother’s body but a human being with a unique genome, where only 50 percent of the genetic material comes from the mother, anesthesia at very early stages of development (not just at 20 weeks and older) should be mandatory during abortions.

Raoul Carubelli, Oklahoma City

Women deacons

Re: “A return to female deacons in the Church” (News Analysis, May 29).

Since the Church cemented the order of permanent deaconate as a role apart from being a steppingstone to priesthood, there is no reason it cannot admit women and ordain them to that role. The role of women in the early Church was, because of the ancient and often abusive nature of the culture, relegated to “the fringe.”

But women are socially and culturally integrated with men in all other roles, especially in developed countries that do not allow discrimination and abuse of women and girls. The Church throughout history has adjusted its traditions according to cultural and moral norms, and this is one area that should be updated. I am not any different than a man in the area of religious and spiritual abilities. A female giving a homily uses the same resources that a man does, and if the men are scared by a woman wearing a vestment, they are small-minded and insecure.

Susan Kerosky Pregizer, via online comment
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