We should hate the sin, not the sinner

Re: “Religion in public” (Editorial, Jan. 5).

Although I agree that homosexual acts are sinful, so is fornication, infidelity, intentionally missing Mass, gluttony and the list goes on. We are all sinners. We are called to love everyone, and although we need to discern right from wrong, we are not authorized to condemn people to hell. God sees the whole picture, and only he can make those judgment calls. Who’s not to say actively practicing homosexuals are not purified before entering heaven? I just think Phil Robertson should’ve chosen his words and delivery much more carefully. I hope the Catholic Church will advocate hating the sin, but not the sinner.

Cheryl Libbert, via online comments

Support our troops

Re: “The price and a prayer” (Faith, Nov. 10, 2013).

I would like to say that I am very glad to see good stories being printed about our servicemen and women. We all need a good reminder about their sacrifice and our need to support them in their trials.

My family and I will pray for them and encourage our friends to as well.

Tim Mueller, via email

Disgusted by Mandela

Re: “Nelson Mandela: A man of granitelike grace” (News Analysis, Dec. 22, 2013).

When I saw the photo of Nelson Mandela on the front page of OSV, and I read the article about him by Father Chris Townsend, I was astonished. Shame on you for printing it.

Granted, Mandela did some great things for South Africa, but he was profoundly pro-abortion. In 1996, one of the most liberal pro-abortion laws in the world was passed with his support.

Father Townsend states: “I doubt I have ever met a person more able to exemplify how to treat people equally. He lived this value.”

What about the millions of unborn babies killed in the womb? Where’s Mandela’s “human dignity” for the unborn and “equal rights” for these precious ones?

Mandela was also pro-gay marriage, and in 2006 South Africa was the first country in Africa and the fifth in the entire world to legalize same-sex marriage. Mandela was a faithful communist.

Mary McManus Burke, via email

Add Kelly to list

Re: “Catholic Stars of 2013” (In Focus, Dec. 29, 2013).

Nine Catholics ... and the 10th is ... Matthew Kelly as “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” carries the good Word!

David Jones, Ambler, Pa.

Rush is on our side

Re: “Rush to judgment” (God Lives, Dec. 29, 2013).

I was greatly disappointed to read Msgr. Campion’s recent lambasting of Rush Limbaugh.

Like all of us, Limbaugh is an imperfect human being.

I was listening to the program to which Msgr. Campion refers, and although I didn’t agree with everything Limbaugh said that day, I understood that he was commenting upon what the liberal media had written about Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) and hadn’t read the document.

I didn’t find Limbaugh’s comments to be insulting or outrageous, which makes me wonder if Msgr. Campion heard the actual broadcast or got his information secondhand.

In a world in which the political left is constantly twisting the pope’s words to support their own anti-Catholic positions, I find it distressing that Msgr. Campion would attack one of the few people in the media who stands up to the lies of the progressives who are destroying our country and who desire nothing less than the destruction of the Catholic Church.

Patrick Christle, New Haven, Ind.