Hear the cries of divorced, remarried

Re: “Annulment process can bring healing to couples” (Guest Column, Oct. 26).

While Pia de Solenni’s article contains all the facts, it lacks the compassion that most (if not all) divorced people really experience.

After Mass on Sunday, an elderly woman came up to me and said, “Is it still true that a divorced person can’t go to Communion?” I answered, “Yes, you can go to Communion if you have not remarried.” She answered, “I have divorced twice.” She was practically in tears. I tried to talk to her, but she went away feeling totally abandoned.

I worked with another couple who are getting married because the annulment process is so long that they are not willing to wait because her biological clock is ticking. They are going ahead with the annulment in hopes that someday they can get the marriage blessed by the Church. In tears, the woman asked me, “When we start a family, can our children be baptized in the Church?”

I sure hope the synod listens to the “cry of the poor.” The cry of the divorced is deafening.

Deacon John Lucas, Chicago

Synod tension

Re: “Despite tension, synod sets Church’s direction” (News Analysis,Nov. 2).

Given reported developments at the recent extraordinary synod, I believe a worthy topic for the Church to think and pray about over the next year might be entitled “The Three Imagined Conflicts.” These conflicts pertain to the apparent — but not real — opposition between mercy and justice, charity and truth, and the pastoral and the dogmatic.

True mercy presupposes justice and is completely incompatible with injustice of any kind. Charity means love of God above all things, but Jesus has told us that he is the truth; thus, love of God implies a commensurate love of truth. Being pastoral means being prudent in discerning the best means to communicate dogmas (truths revealed by God) so that the recipients respond, accept and embrace them.

Robert P. Formichelli, Bethpage, New York

We hope the pope and the priests do not change God’s laws in our Catholic Church or let evil come in like it is doing now all over the world. If change comes to the Church, it will lose a lot of members. Let’s keep evil and the devil out and keep God’s respect in our faith.

Roy Roberts, Union Star, Montana

Earth’s climate

Re: “Climate change” (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 19).

I would like to respond to the writer who stated that your Oct. 5 article on climate change was incorrect because the atmosphere has not warmed for the last 18 years. The claim that there has been a temperature pause over the last two decades is only partly correct. While the atmosphere has only warmed slightly (so far) during that period, it is important to remember that the atmosphere only makes up about 3 percent of Earth’s heat-trapping engine. Most of the rest of the excess CO2 warming is going into the oceans.

Finally, with all due respect, to cite the Bible to support the argument that God alone has control over the environment and we cannot do anything at all flies in the face of all modern scientific knowledge. 

I agree we do all need to pray, fast and repent to better do God’s will and respect God as sovereign over creation. However, part of that respect is to recognize the harm we are doing to that creation by not getting away from fossil fuel consumption.

Philip Kerler, Eagan, Minnesota

I thought the Letters to the Editor on Climate Change written by Jeannette Rowden in a few short words was super — scientifically as well as religiously accurate. Good for her!

Reminds me of a comment by a priest a few years ago: “God controls the global thermostat.”

John Gishpert, Denver
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