March for Life continues to give a voice to the voiceless

Re: “The March for Life: What to expect this year” (News Analysis, Jan. 7-13).

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. It also will be the 45th annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. Each one of us must continue to do everything we can as Catholics to build a culture of life and end the scourge of abortion. More than 57 million preborn children have lost their lives since this decision became law in 1973. More than 1 million babies each year are denied their inalienable right to life that is guaranteed under our Constitution.

The results of the last election have given the pro-life movement a fresh opportunity to rid our country of abortion. Like the Church, our Catholic principles must stand firm wherever the political lines fall. Abortion is a non-negotiable issue due to its destructive, deadly quality and persistent moral harm it causes. 

It is crucial that the pro-life voice be heard during this new administration. “Making America Great Again” starts with respecting life from conception to natural death and that the right to life outweighs all other rights. The pro-life movement also needs to continue its support of women who have unintended pregnancies. No woman should ever feel that abortion is her only option. Love of mother and love of child will transform our country.

However, laws alone will not abolish abortion in our lifetime. Real cultural change in America will only happen with a change of heart. Abortion should not only be illegal, it should be unimaginable. Hopefully this year’s March for Life campaign will soften America’s heart and restore her conscience. Each and every one of us can help make that happen. The pro-life voice needs to be heard. We are the only voice those babies have.

Ken Sims, via email

Christ and Christmas

Re: “A walk through the Christmas season” (Faith, Dec. 24-30, 2017).

The Christmas season supposedly brings out the best in humanity and the media. Reminds us of all the charitable work done for poor kids. But by giving gifts to children, is that what Christmas is all about? The true spirit of Christmas of Jesus becoming man and to save us is lost.

Celebrating Christmas without honoring Jesus is like having a birthday party without the honoree in attendance.

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Israeli capital

Re: “Capital offense” (God Lives, Jan. 7-13).

Why should Israel forgo the right to locate its capital city where it wants to? Why should the U.S. concede to other countries before establishing our embassy in any country, let alone an ally like Israel, the only democratic country in the Middle East? We need to heed what French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul called the “political illusion” — the idea that our problems are primarily political ones with only political solutions. The Church needs to stick to its original objective as the bedrock of truth where the salvation of souls is its sole mission.

Richard Bliznuck, via online comment

Which sections of the Bible should I avoid if I want to understand how the pope and Msgr. Campion can assert that Jerusalem is not the everlasting possession of the Jews?

Or, can you identify where in the Bible or even in Tradition the ownership of Jerusalem is subject to human opinion and not God’s?

If Jerusalem is not the property of the Jews, what other statements by God are contradicted by the pope?

Daniel Drake, via online comments


Re: “A season of hope” (In Focus, Dec. 3-9, 2017).

Due to an editor’s error, the caption on Page 12 should have identified Sts. Simeon and Anna along with the Infant Jesus. We regret the error.

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