Russell Shaw makes a valuable distinction between righteous, courageous anger against evil and self-willed, carnal anger, which can never produce good fruit.
Fallen humanity is quick to demand rights, to denounce authority and to regard any chastisement or affliction as an undeserved injustice. Many in both political parties are angry at God for letting us reap what we have sown. Rather than repent and seek God’s favor, they will use their vote to lend authority to their anger and to seek political solutions to problems that have their real root in rebellion against God.
Sacred Scripture and secular history are replete with the accounts of those who threw off the yoke of political oppression only to become the slaves of their “liberators” or to begin exploiting one another. The only way out from under human oppression is to come under God’s authority. Christ’s yoke is easy and brings peace. In contrast, “the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God” (Jas 1:20).
Re: “Tragedy in Orlando” (Editorial, June 26).
Once again, our country is assaulted by a senseless taking of lives, and once again, politicians and citizens cry out for solutions. “More gun control or laws to disarm Americans” or “we as citizens have the right to bear arms.” And through the clamor, more people die.
We are such a stubborn people. We ignore the real reason for the inhumanity of these tragic killings for the sake of argument as if it were a political football and passing a useless new law or bearing arms will solve anything at all.
The source of this problem is hate and indifference. The antidote was given many years ago. “Love others as I love you,” Jesus said. If we continue to ignore our Savior, no law will stop the innocent deaths and no “right to bear arms” will raise them up again.
— Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio
Re: “We will fight until our last breath because a sacred mission obliges us to do so” (In Focus, July 3).
I get three or four appeals a week for money to aid Catholics and other Christians in the Middle East. New wells, schools, churches and hospitals go up, only to see the extremists obliterate them again!
Religion is not defined by the presence of structures. It’s defined by adherents. If they’re all dead, imprisoned, enslaved or fleeing, the Faith dies. We’re all called to emulate Christ by turning the other cheek. That does not mean we should stand by idly while our brothers and sisters are assaulted.
It’s probably unreasonable in this day and age to expect the pope to raise an army to rescue his flock, as was done during the Crusades. But why aren’t the pope and Church leaders speaking out loudly to the governments of the world demanding that Christians be protected? Isn’t that what a good shepherd does?
— Jim Canale, Homer, New York
Re: “Brexit vote cuts ties to the European Union” (News Analysis, July 10).
I have watched the EU for years and seen its relentless grabbing of power, its contempt for the democratic process, its bullying of populations who dare to disagree with its grand vision, its utter incompetence, its need to interfere with every aspect of its citizens’ lives and its utter unwillingness to reform in any meaningful manner. It is a construct designed to support the aims of supranational corporations, reducing “the little people” to “cogs in the machine,” economic units to line the pockets of the rich but providing a comfy world for the metropolitan professional classes. Many people make the mistake of equating the EU to the U.S.; it’s more akin to the old USSR. The sooner the EU is consigned to the dustbin of history, the better.
— Sean McCarney, via online comment