The Church should be transparent with the media

Re: “Mass media” (In Focus, March 15).

Thank you for Russell Shaw’s incisive call for transparency in the Church’s relations with the media. The antidote to misinformation and “spin” is not secrecy but truth. If we don’t want to be misrepresented in the secular media, then Church leaders in cooperation with Catholic and other journalists of goodwill should get there first, with full and accurate reporting of all relevant facts and events.

We can look to sacred Scripture as our example. Its divine author did not hesitate to expose to public view the homicide of Moses, the adultery and murder of David, the idolatry of Gideon and of Solomon, the three denials of Peter and a multitude of other sins and errors of its saints and heroes. Apparently, God intended us to know the failings of our leaders and to rely on his grace to gain wisdom and discernment from bad as well as good examples. We need not fear to follow the example of the Holy Spirit and reveal the whole truth to the people of God.

— Margret Meyer, Jacksonville, Florida

Defending the Faith

Re: “Uncomfortable truths and uncomfortable times” (Openers, March 22).

It is the season of Easter — the Christian community is acutely aware of the Passion of our Christ. By his own example, we know our faith doesn’t come easy; and once again, someone must rise as defenders of our Church, like St. Anthony and St. Francis and so many of our saints. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is at task. The righteous indignant have been handed over to darkness as yet another government claims to be wise but gives way to foolishness and impurity of the heart.

The uncomfortable times will come, it’s sad to say, just as Jesus suffered the trials of crucifixion. Still though, we know the joy and glory of his resurrection. He is risen.

We can’t stand by and let the archbishop fight alone; we should help to defend our faith. Pray for Archbishop Cordileone as he defends our Church and our faith. Pray for all those who guard our kingdom from evil.

— Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio

Death penalty

Re: “National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital Punishment Must End’” (Editorial, March 15).

Thank you for your editorial opposing the death penalty. I visited four prisoners on Ohio’s death row for several years. Two were eventually exonerated and released; one totally rehabilitated prisoner was executed; and the legal case against the fourth prisoner has more potholes than Ohio roads. His court-appointed attorney had never previously represented a defendant in any arson or capital case. Ohio is the Texas of the North. At one point, an execution was scheduled monthly, to give the “team” an opportunity to “recover” before the next stressful execution.

— Richard W. Rosenbaum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

‘Feed the hungry’

I was appalled to see the juxtaposition of your article on the $400 million dollar renovation of a Bible museum with an advertisement on the hungry in Haiti. What does the Bible say? “We must first feed the hungry.”

— Renee Brown, Squires, Missouri

Church and the press

Re: “Mass media” (In Focus, March 15).

I agree with some but not all of your article. We live in an evil world, where the unholy trinity of materialism, secularism and hedonism are in the driver’s seat with other “isms” pitching in. They all have one thing in common: their resolve to appose many teachings of Christ’s Church, the Catholic Church. In fact, this combination is waging war against these Catholic teachings with the U.N., most governments, much of academia and the media being the most potent weapons.

We must be prudent and diligent in these matters. Thus, in special cases like a Church council, a synod and similar major events, secrecy should be sought until the conclusion of such events. But preventing radicals from subverting these events poses a problem.

— Jack Moran, St. Louis, Missouri
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