All life is worth protecting

Re: “Being pro-life without exception” (Faith, Oct. 12).

Powerful! The first word that came to mind when I read the article contributed by Irene Maria DiSanto.

Her message was clear, quiet, strong. Her arguments faultless; her reasoning sound and faithful. The article would have made the School Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, which I attended in the 1950s, nod approvingly. The Church position communicated to me then was that if a pregnant woman was told by some doctor or medical expert that her pregnancy was somehow putting her life in danger, then she needed to resign herself to the merciful help of God and put her life in his hands. Abortion was not an option. Unfortunately, some seem to have abandoned that position.

It is not inconsiderate, thoughtless, cruel, politically incorrect or any other charge that might be leveled to ask an expectant mother to consider her innocent, unborn child first.

It’s all about faith — something we seem to be losing.

Luke Nover, LaPorte, Indiana

Synod questions

Re: “Some synod clarity” (Editorial, Oct. 26).

I find two things gravely missing from the commentary on the controversy surrounding the synod on the family.

First is the complete ignorance of Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on the theology of the body. Second is the complete ignorance of a principle source of the problem regarding divorced and remarried Catholics (i.e., the rubber-stamping of Catholic marriages). If 80 or 90 percent of Catholics have no problem with artificial contraception (and half or so with abortion), are they really able to vow that they are open to life?

Where is the “domestic church” in all this? How is marriage supported and prepared?

And if one is not even close to comprehending what it means to be married in the Catholic Church, does marrying them not make a joke of Catholic marriage, and hasn’t this caused the absolute mess we find ourselves in today?

James Kurt, Sarasota, Florida

The meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the Family has me confused. Pope St. John Paul II stated that the future of our Church and the rest of the world rests with the family. Where do these bishops with clout come from who want to destroy the family unit?

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Editor’s note: Please see Pages 4 and 19 for more clarity on the synod.

Confession before vows?

Re: “Mercy and marriage” (Eye on Culture, Oct. 12).

I have read much about the pope officiating the weddings of the cohabiting couples, always looking for an answer to something that is not there. While Teresa Tomeo’s column was good and informative, it still left me without an answer to a very important question. Did the couples receive the sacrament of reconciliation before their weddings?

The teaching of the Church always was that people need to go to confession before receiving any of the sacraments. We still don’t know if the couples did or did not go to confession. A valuable teaching moment has gone to waste.

Sarah Brunn, Pittsburgh

Climate change

Re: “A boiling point” (Editorial, Oct. 5).

Why should we as Catholics join our manic secular culture in finding increasingly obscure things to fret about such as a 1 part per 10,000 increase in carbon dioxide in the last 100 years when we have major issues of hunger, disease and the salvation of souls to care for.

To believe mankind can influence God-given natural climate controllers by trading some carbon credits and capturing a few sea breezes is a sad sign of our world’s climate narcissism.

Tim Eakin, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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