Church leading the way

Re: “A different perspective: Today’s seminarians are brought face to face with sexuality — and that’s a good thing” (God Lives, Feb. 9)

Reading Msgr. Owen Campion’s column brought back memories for me of over the years reading professional magazines in doctors’ offices, articles in local newspapers and national news magazines. All confirmed what Msgr. Campion was talking about. And religious were not even mentioned at that time, nor public school and college coaches, teachers, etc. At the time I read these, I wondered how child abuse/pedophilia could be accepted by professionals and the news media! We should see the Catholic Church, through much suffering by all, has been in the forefront of confronting and working to resolve this sick, evil issue.

John Gishpert, Denver, Colo.

Balanced view

I enjoy your paper very much. The special sections have been very helpful (prayer, purgatory, etc.), and I have put them in my archives for future teaching and homilies.

I also look for Carl Olson’s column every week as I prepare my homilies. I also enjoy your editorials very much and the articles by Teresa Tomeo.

I believe that your paper presents a very balanced view of the Church today.

Deacon Dennis Crimmins, Via email

Palliative sedation

Re: “What’s next?” (Letters, Feb. 2).

The letter from Arleen M. Lipke of Cheektowga, N.Y., regarding palliative sedation is way off base. As a hospice nurse in an in-patient facility, I can assure your readers that palliative sedation is suggested and undertaken only after serious consideration.

It is undertaken only when symptoms, mostly pain, are unable to be controlled by any other means. The family is given 24 to 48 hours to make a decision. There is never any coercion on the part of the team.

When it is used, the dying is kept asleep but arousable. The medication is monitored very carefully.

As the person’s condition changes, there are times when the medication can be decreased. Properly administered palliative sedation does not hasten death, it simply provides comfort and peace for the dying and the family.

Dying is not always a peaceful situation, no matter how much we say we can control pain and keep the person alert and aware. I have witnessed some horrible deaths which have left me and the families devastated.

Jeannine Aucoin, Henniker, N.H.

Help Little Sisters

Re: “Government-forced sin” (Catholic Journal, Feb. 9).

Once again, I was very impressed with Robert Lockwood’s column on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

I would like to request that, if possible, Our Sunday Visitor would provide an address for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

I would very much like to donate to them to support this cause.

E. McAuliffe, Gettysburg, Pa.

Editor’s note: Here is the address: Little Sisters of the Poor, 3629 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80211-3601

Living like Christ

In John K.’s online comment, he believes that gays can teach virtue, but can they live in a Christlike manner and be objective toward the subject of homosexuality?

We are all called to evangelize, but aren’t we also called to live in a Christlike manner and to adhere to all of God’s laws?

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pa.

Media bias

Re: “Rolling Stone spin” (Editorial, Feb. 16).

Thanks for a good, candid article. Typical secular media bias, prejudice and a sickly attempt to harm the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict’s books on Jesus and Catholic theology are masterpieces. With few exceptions, he, like every pope we have had, leaves his own positive mark on the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is doing the same. Both are great Church leaders in their own way. Wake up Mr. Binelli!

Bruce Barthorpe, Via online comments