What we as a Church can offer the ‘nones’

Re: “Reaching the ‘nones’” (Catholic Journal, July 9-15).

In order to reach the “nones,” do what Christ did: find questions to ask them. From all of the wars and violence going on, as well as the great soul-stealers of abortion, birth control, pornography, etc., we may not recognize the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Their souls are in shock, and they are in desperate need of healing. Yet for most of them, they have no counseling available. Therefore, they go through the motions of life, but internally they are operating in more of a robotic stage. Their cellphones and the other technological instruments help them just get through the days of their monotone lives, trying to survive, while if they stop and get quiet, their consciences would not leave them alone. That’s what we have to find a way to offer them: peace and joy.

Cheryl Spooner, via online comment

Civility

Re: “Let’s talk civility” (Taking Note, July 2-8).

Kathryn Jean Lopez makes some very good points on the practice of civility, an example being: “You can have robust debate on actual policy — with respect and even love. That’s civility that could help rather than hurt.”

Sadly, today there is a great decline in civility, which is being replaced by ad hominem tactics or name-calling as a substitute for solid arguments. Colin Powell put it well in his book, “My American Journey,” when he writes: “Frankly, the present atmosphere does not make entering public service especially attractive. I find that civility is being driven from our political discourse. ... Any public figure espousing a controversial idea can expect to have not just the idea attacked, but his or her integrity.”

John Clubine, Etobicoke, Ontario

Political leaders

Re: “Trudeau’s politics” (God Lives, June 25-July 1).

OSV chaplain Msgr. Owen F. Campion is rightly distressed in pointing out the “tragedy” that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hardly unique among today’s self-identified Catholic political leaders whose policies depart from Church teachings.

Understandably many of those of French heritage like Trudeau identify with Napoleon and the seemingly progressive anti-Vatican ideas of the French Revolution. This has led to a split identity where modernists can be secularists and Christians both at the same time.

Thank you Msgr. Campion for bringing these contradictions into focus.

Robert Bonsignore, Brooklyn, New York

Churchgoers

Re: “Extending the family” (Opening the Word, July 2-8).

Tim O’Malley’s article was right on target with the way I feel about Catholic churchgoers. Catholics will extend our hands during the sign of peace, but as soon as you leave the church doors, Catholics act like they don’t know you. And when you see other Catholics on the street to say a friendly “hello,” Catholics seem to be too busy with their family to stop and say “hello” back. How do you reach the hearts of people that Jesus loves everyone equally?

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Health care

Re: “Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’” (OSVNewsweekly.com, June 27).

As an imperfect Catholic, I share the concerns of Bishop Frank J. DeWane about the proposed reform of the Affordable Care Act by congressional Republicans. Certainly, millions of American men, women and children shouldn’t be denied quality health care. As someone who lives in a nursing home/rehabilitation center, I know and am friends with a number of men and women who are much older than me (I’m 55) who have serious health needs.

I’m a former Democrat of more than 30 years, who reluctantly became a registered Republican several years ago. However, I sincerely hope that the pro-life provisions of the proposed GOP bill will be enacted. Reforming health care is hardly reform if the least of our brothers and sisters aren’t cared for with compassion.

Tim Donovan, Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
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