Seminary screening process

Re: “Seminary screening process looks for red flags” (News Analysis, Feb. 23).

As a professor of psychological tests and measurements, as well as a practicing Catholic, I was very interested in the article regarding the seminary screening process. Although I agree that a thorough, comprehensive and appropriate appraisal of seminarians is in order, and believe that the strategies which Dr. Christina Lynch delineated in the article are very valuable, there is, in my opinion, a crucial need for a standardized test, such as the MMPI and the MCMI, which detects with good reliability and validity psychopathology to be included. Several career programs, at present, require these tests as a prerequisite for admission.

Dr. Anamaria Rey, via email

Minimum wage

Re: “Church officials weigh in on wage debate” (News Analysis, Feb. 16).

As a practicing and charity-supporting Catholic, I wish to ask that a more thoughtful discussion take place concerning the minimum wage. Your article did mention that the subject is complex. Indeed. Any easy research pulling up articles on the subject will prove that by raising the minimum wage, the workers intended to be helped will in fact be hurt. Jobs will be lost. Although this fact does not make me feel good, we must work a little harder and dig a little deeper into the subject to address the need for a living wage.

Edward M. Korleski, Elmhurst, Ill.

Student service

Re: “College service projects change students’ lives” (Special Section, Feb. 23).

I’m glad to see that students from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, included Native Americans in their service project. The Native Americans have been ignored for way too long, and their needs are every bit as dire as some people’s overseas.

Patricia M. Parma, via email

Same-sex marriage

Re: “A catechetical response to same-sex marriage” (News Analysis, Feb. 16).

This story was well-written and very informative. The accompanying photograph was interesting as well. A student protester displayed a sign that said, “Jesus on gay marriage: _________.”

People who claim Jesus said nothing about same-sex marriage have obviously forgotten Jesus and the Father are one (Jn 10:30). Jesus would never endorse or affirm a behavior that was contrary to God’s natural law. After all, Jesus told his followers: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. ... Therefore, whoever breaks one of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:17, 19). We would all do well to remember this, lest we fall for the lies of our hedonistic culture.

Jo Ann L. Fuir, Alderson, W.Va.

Death ‘well-deserved’

Re: “Death penalty” (This Week, Feb. 16).

A brief regarding Father Lawrence Hummer and the death penalty describes the “inhumane” execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire for the 1989 rape and murder of 22-year-old Joy Stewart, who was 30 weeks pregnant.

Father Hummer is disturbed about the 26 minutes of discomfort this murderer experienced due to the effects of the two-drug injection.

Father Hummer does not appear to be concerned about the baby, nor of the rape and murder of Stewart. I am certain McGuire’s activities of a double murder and rape required more than 26 minutes in time to inflict the horrors and torture on this family.

Father Hummer and his followers must carefully consider their opinions in both a religious and civil society.

The family of Joy Stewart has experienced a terrible and violent loss of two individuals. The execution of Dennis McGuire is well-deserved.

Dr. Frank Milone, Easton, Md.