Catholics must become engaged in society

Re: “Can’t handle the truth” (Eye on Culture, July 17); “‘The law effectively targets religion’” (Essay, July 24).

The column by Teresa Tomeo and the essay by Archbishop William E. Lori were outstanding. These two pieces should be sent to every elected and unelected “leader,” official, judge and news outlet. The mainstream media would brush it off and ignore it, but we know their agenda. It reminded me of a statement by Pope Emeritus Benedict: “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.” Sitting on the fence when it comes to this war on Christianity is not an option. Read up on the Cristero War if you think it is.

Keith Janousek, Bellevue, Nebraska

Politics and mercy

Re: “Open letter ahead of Republican, Democratic national conventions” (Essay, July 17).

In this Year of Mercy that happens to coincide with the U.S. election season, it is fitting to consider mercy when selecting our elected officials: mercy for the poor; mercy for the stranger; mercy for those who offend us; and even, as the Holy Father urges in Laudato Si’, mercy for the planet — our “common home.” In discerning who are the best qualified to represent and to lead us, we should ask ourselves: What would Francis do?

Michael Wright, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania


Re: “Unpacking the ‘soul-sickness’ of racism” (News Analysis, July 24).

I took exception to your first sentence in the article, which said “the unprovoked shooting.” How do you know it was unprovoked? You made the same mistake that most media people make: assuming that what you see on a video tells the whole story. I am not justifying the shootings by the police. The videos are truly damning, but do they tell the entire story? A better statement would have been “that saw what appeared to be the unprovoked shooting.”

Jeannine Aucoin, Henniker, New Hampshire

The Church and race

Re: “A conversation on race” (July 24).

In your edition on race, none of the articles directly addressed the pain, poverty and crime that result from the disunity of the African-American family in our inner cities. The plight of single mothers, the hurt and anger of so many fatherless children and the epidemic of “black on black” homicide should be of the greatest concern to religious leaders.

Our politicians can be urged to provide enterprise zones and better schools. The Church, however, has a divine teaching legacy and a multitude of pulpits, schools, institutions and media for being a powerful mission to alleviate moral deprivation and influence the conscience and the culture. Be doers of the word!

Marjorie Vanmeter, Alexandria, Virginia 

Mass posture

Re: “Cardinal sparks ‘ad orientem’ liturgy discussion” (News Analysis, July 24).

I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days and do not wish to return to the ad orientem style. I much prefer the novus ordo form of Mass. Both forms are approved by the Church. Reading the article, I was so relieved to read the suggestion that both forms should continue to be available. Thank you for a well-reasoned article. Please continue to promote worship in both forms of the Mass. 

M.A. Rakow, Madison, Wisconsin

The article about Cardinal Sarah’s remarks on the ad orientem Mass was fabulous. Timothy O’Malley did a wonderful job of offering both points of view and discussing the dangers that await those who get into arguments with their fellow Catholics. May we always be “committed to mutual charity” in all our discussions.

Marie Seibert, via email
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