Compassion needed in immigration laws

Re: “Reflections on Bishop Seitz’s pastoral letter on immigration” (Openers, Aug. 6-12).

I agree that our immigration laws must be reformed. As Gretchen Crowe noted, it was tragic when 10 undocumented immigrants were found dead in an extremely overheated tractor-trailer in San Antonio, who may have been victims of human trafficking, which Pope Francis has rightly denounced as a “crime against humanity.” I believe that our laws should not deport even illegal immigrants unless they have been found guilty of serious crimes. It surely is wrong to deport youth and break up families. Although I am hardly an expert, I believe ways must be found to enable hard-working, law-abiding immigrants (even those who enter our nation illegally) to become citizens.

Some years ago, I worked for an agency that operated group homes. When I worked in the agency’s residential department, a large number of the employees were immigrants from Liberia. At the group home where I worked, several of my co-workers had fled from Liberia to seek a better life in our country due to a brutal civil war.

Tim Donovan, via online comment

Eternal love

Re: “Rome roiled by recent scandals, conflicts” (News Analysis, July 23-29).

We are deeply troubled by the report on the recent scandals in Rome. Our response can be one of prayer and offering the sacrifice of love that is needed to restore eternal love in our fallen world.

Pope St. John Paul II has provided a means to do this. He has established two meanings in the Sacrament of Marriage: The sacrament of creation for conception of human life and the sacrament of redemption for what we can call immaculate conception of divine life or grace. In his Theology of the Body, he tells us: “This new gracing of man” (new in relation to the sacrament of creation), “instead gives him above all the remission of sins.”

Natural Family Planning programs and study of the universal biorhythm of life, upon which these programs are based, can enable us to unveil the hidden priestly role that God has ordained to confer upon the being of woman. In this, a form of consecrated life and the vow of eternal love in marriage can provide the grace that is needed for redemption.

As frightening and upsetting as this report is, it can be the means that leads us to the fulfillment of a joy that is complete; that is, the joy of living in a love that is eternal.

Ruth Kavanaugh, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Transgender

Re: “The emperor’s new gender — or lack thereof” (Openers, July 16-22).

You are giving us some support in an unreal world right now. I am a nurse practitioner and have been studying for years. I remember being disheartened at the first medical program on “helping transgender children.”

The most recent article I read was on making our office more positive and sensitive for transgender people. I learned that those of us who identify with our DNA sex are now called cisgender. (I resent the label.) But the natural law does not like to be opposed, and I read that we should encourage females by birth who feel that they are male and who have taken hormones to suppress female hormones to continue to have exams and pap smears because they still need to be screened for cervical cancer.

Then we are warned that due to the chemically induced shrinkage of these sex organs, these procedures will be very uncomfortable physically and psychologically for the patient.

We health care workers are advised that no matter how much these transgender patients are encouraged, they most likely will not come in for the proper preventive health care, and we will see a rise in cervical cancer as a result.

It is all very disheartening for the health care professionals and for those who must be supportive of a sad choice of lifestyle.

Joann Lister, via online comments
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