No Catholic university should ever cover abortion

Re: “Identity crisis” (Spectator, Oct. 27).

I have been dismayed to read that a Catholic university, Loyola Marymount, believes that the Catholic Church divides abortions into two types — elective and therapeutic.

Abortion is abortion, period. No Catholic institution should ever pay for an abortion to be performed.

The so-called “therapeutic” abortion is nothing more than the rape, incest and health of the mother exception that politicians love to hide behind. We know that there is never a medical necessity for an abortion. People who have no qualms about killing babies in the womb, will have no qualms about lying about their reasons for doing so, and soon, every abortion will be deemed “therapeutic.”

It is time for Catholic colleges in the United States to stand up and promote the Catholic faith — or quit calling themselves Catholic colleges. Doing otherwise is an extreme disservice to students and their parents and to the Church as the Body of Christ.

Patrick Christle, New Haven, Ind.

Rely on own resources

Re: “Shutdown affects millions using social services” (News Analysis, Oct. 20).

When the various “social justice” agencies become dependent on the federal government for funding, goods, etc., their Faustian agreement eventually comes due. Having lost their autonomy, they must conform to the government regulations and largesse.

In the same issue of Our Sunday Visitor (“Called to be a missionary Church”), Pope Francis is quoted, “THE (emphasis added) Church — I repeat once again — is not a relief organization, an enterprise or an NGO (non-governmental organization) but a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us” (World Mission Sunday message).

Perhaps, all of us should take this admonition to mind and heart, and do what we can with our own resources as we go about our journey to meet the Holy Spirit — the Giver of Life — and Jesus and his Father.

Dr. Arthur B. Conrad, Pewaukee, Wis.

Divine escape route

Re: Interview reveals discerning, transparent pontiff (News Analysis, Oct 6).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York called Pope Francis a breath of fresh air. Why? Our pope is telling us that we have lost sight of the overarching goal of Christianity by being obsessed with two or three issues. Our “obsession” with the details of Christianity takes our focus away from the big picture in which the details exist. The Catholic Church has too many Marthas and not enough Marys (Lk 10:38-42).

Pope Francis is telling us that it is now time to take a deep breath, step back and behold the big picture.

What is the big picture?

The escape.

The escape is primary. Nothing else matters. Everything else is secondary. Anything that interferes is suspect (Mt 23:13).

Jesus is the escape route (Jn 14:6).

It would make no sense whatsoever for the most Holy Trinity to invite us to come back to our home in paradise with them and their holy family and not provide us with a way to get there. The most Holy Trinity, therefore, established an escape route, defined it with landmarks, made a map of them and entrusted the map to the Church.

Those who do understand and seek God (Ps 14:2) are making their escape from landmark to landmark hand in hand, arm in arm, in the company of one another, as one family, together as a Church on the escape route in the hostile desert of godlessness to freedom with God and their holy family in the promised land.

Only by passing from landmark to landmark can we tell that we are heading in the right direction.

There is hope. We are not trapped in godlessness. We can escape. God loves us, misses us, wants us to come back to our home in paradise with them and their holy family and, most importantly, wants us to stay there.

Pope Francis reminds us that the Holy Spirit is tugging at our souls. We must be on the move following the tug to its source. We must be a flowing river not a stagnant pool.

As a pilgrim people, we must regain our kinetic energy and move from godlessness to God hand in hand, arm in arm, in the company of one another, as one family, together as a Church.

The Catholic minutia, however, is tripping up those who are seeking God. It is grabbing at our feet. The minutia have become an obstacle in the way of the escape instead of grease for the wheels. It is frustrating rather than facilitating the escape.

John Bosco, Staten Island, N.Y.

Not right for all

Re: Massachusetts after-school program binds children to Church” (Feature, Nov. 3).

This sounds feasible IF your parish is in a neighborhood.

My parish is way off the beaten path, and if parents or someone did not drive the kids there, they would not come.

It is hard enough getting kids there once a week, much less every day.

Geraldine Duddleston Young, via online comment