Annulments are worth the effort

Re: “Divorced, remarried” (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26).

This is a true cross for so many. I am divorced and got an annulment, and the priest said that doesn’t make your children illegitimate — you had them in good faith. Trying to get an annulment is worth it. Then, if you remarry, you can feel this is your only true marriage. Being right with God’s laws is important even if we have to bear the cross of living separately.

This writer expressed that being married in the Church would be the only way for him and his mate. Talk to a priest about your individual situation. At the end of the day, we won’t be at peace unless we follow God’s laws. We always want to think the Church has to bend to our way. Trust me I’m no different; I struggle, too.

R.J. Misero, via email

Leaving the Church

Re: “Lapsed Catholics weigh in on why they left Church” (News Analysis, Nov. 2).

People leave the Church for a variety of reasons, but if we were a less materialistic society, there would be less dissatisfaction with our Church. In today’s world, it’s all about me and my happiness.

If we would put God in the center of our life and follow his guidelines to happiness, religion would become so much more meaningful.

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Ouija boards

Re: “All things spooky” (In Focus, Oct. 26).

I wish the article by Mark Shea on the occult had mentioned something about the dangers of dabbling in Ouija boards. Over 30 years ago, some of the junior high and high school students were dabbling in them and then got involved in Wiccan ceremonies. To me, using a Ouija board, even for fun, is opening the door for Satan, and once he gets in, there is no telling where it will lead.

Sister Ruth Karnitz, SSND, via email

Exception clause

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

I must take issue with the Roman Catholic Church on this matter of absolutely no exceptions to abortion even though I am also pro-life. It was never more alarming then when I read Paul Blanshard’s “American Freedom and Catholic Power” (1949). It states: “If it is morally certain that a pregnant mother and her unborn child will both die, if the pregnancy is allowed to take its course, but at the same time, the attending physician is morally certain that he can save the mother’s life by removing the enviable fetus, is it lawful for him to do so?” The book’s response: “No, it is not, such a removal of the fetus would be direct abortion.”

This is utterly appalling to not want to save the life of a mother even though the baby would die anyway.

John Clubine, Etobicoke, Ontario

Holy Land

Re: “Violence continues to cause fear across region” (News Analysis, Oct. 26).

Judith Sudilovsky writes that “Palestinians [fear] that the growing extremism in the region will provide Israel an excuse to become more intractable in future peace negotiations.” I do wish OSV would stop aiding in the propagation of the lie of Israeli intractability. Israel has bent over backward to accommodate the peace process. For Palestinians, peace means (and has always meant) the total annihilation of Israel — nothing less. Now, that is “intractable.”

Patrick Christle, New Haven, Indiana

Movie review

Re: “In ‘Gone Girl,’ the author plays with uncomfortable truths (Openers, Oct. 26).

The USCCB movie review gave the movie an “O” for morally offensive. I wish I had believed the reviewer. What you wrote in your article is true about the storyline; the sex, etc., was too much. I had to close my eyes or put my head down not to feel violated. I definitely have no plans to read the book or recommend the movie.

Collette Manuel, Lake Charles, Louisiana
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