The Reformation

Re: “The Reformation: 500 years later” (In Focus, Oct. 30).

Your article on the Reformation was very informative. So many people were not aware of the abuses by the Church’s people in power at the time. I realize Martin Luther had many issues with his life, but he was right: We were selling indulgences.

I am sorry for all the people on both sides who were killed because of this problem.

I went to a Catholic school back when dinosaurs were here in the 1930s, and Sister said that Luther’s mother was going to become a Lutheran, but he told her his religion is easier to live in, but the Catholic religion was easier to die in. I really feel that we had some people in the higher positions of the Church who were not very nice people. I believe that Sister was right about that.

Dolores M. Estrada, Howell, Michigan

One nation under God

Re: “Leaning on Mary” (Taking Note, Nov. 20).

I very much enjoyed Kathryn Jean Lopez’s editorial in the Nov. 20 issue.

Her mention of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia brought to my mind something that we should all try to emulate now, in the contentious aftermath of our national election.

I remember hearing about Justice Scalia’s close friendship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Though they were each about as far apart as one can get in reference to interpreting the Constitution, they were still able to see each other as people, and they could cherish one another as God intended for us all.

Let us follow their example in this. We can differ politically and still, at the end of the day, recognize God’s image in each other.

Michelle Kroupa, Howell, Michigan

U.S. must end abortions

Re: “We deserve better” (Taking Note, Oct. 9).

If we continue to see the legal killing of the unborn as of less importance than other issues or combinations of issues, we will have no future to sustain.

Dorothy R. Mann, Dayton, Ohio

Sin of gluttony

Re: “Dignity at every size” (In Focus, Nov. 13).

I know my sin of gluttony is a form of suicide. A very tasty, very slow form of suicide, but suicide nonetheless. At age 46, all the signs are showing up — degenerating disks in my back causing severe sciatica, sleep apnea, breathing issues. I know what is wrong, but I am not sure what to do about it. Or how, since it’s bound up with an inexorable sense of despair in the world around me. Some people riot and protest, I eat.

Theodore Seeber, via online comment