Public, media still focused on 'choice'

Re: “Pro-lifers: Gosnell case the abortion industry norm” (News Analysis, May 26).

Although not widely reported, the details of slaughterhouse conditions and butchery that emerged from testimony in abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s recent murder trial have made it abundantly clear that there is no real dividing line between abortion, as allowed and practiced in the United States, and infanticide.

The reality is that a new human life is created at the moment sperm and egg unite and continues to develop unless it is killed by the barbarous tools and practices of the abortionist, the unhappy fate of many unwanted children.

What has not been made clear is why the media, which ordinarily seizes on sensational elements of news, tawdry and sleazy as they may be, has been so reluctant to cover fully the horrors that have been revealed in the Gosnell trial. 

Is it because the public and the media are not yet ready to surrender their irrational worship of the magic “choice,” without reference to what the “choice” entails, despite events that present the reality of abortion? 

Murvin H. Perry, Ph.D., Johnson City, Tenn. 

Powerful stories

Re: “Hearts afire for the Faith” (In Focus, May 19).

The Faith and conversion stories of others have been a staple in my diet for a while now. I find that there is inevitably something in them that will resonate with my own “reversion” and journey. The elements in these accounts that are so bolstering and solidifying are also consistent:  the challenges and disconnects in our lives, search for truth, the grace of being guided or drawn home, surrender, the removal of doubt, entry or re-entry into the Church, the realization of grace, and finally peace and fulfillment.  And when life’s challenges and failures are recounted so unabashedly and honestly, the impact of the conversion stories is for me undeniable. 

 — Paul Gisone, New Vernon, N.J.

No more regulations

Re: “Unshackled greed” (Editorial, May 19).

Our nation was founded upon a firm belief in God and a free market economic system of capitalism. Catholicism and capitalism equal freedom and prosperity. I was shocked to read that “God” and “prayer” were not once mentioned in this article.

Once again we miss the point in all the tragedies you mention. “God” is being left out of the equation! “We live in an infinitely safer world because of government regulations and a system of accountability through the courts.” Really? Government is the answer? God is not involved?

Corporations are made up of men and women. All of the failures to protect life that you reference came from men and women who failed to clearly live out the teachings of Christ! Pope Francis is not speaking to governments or corporations when he challenges us Catholics to be “protectors” and to “care for our brothers and sisters.”

As a Catholic businessman, I can understand our U.S. government not wanting “God” in anything — our schools, health care, businesses, etc. For I believe our current government does not understand how important “God” is in the equation. With no God and no truth, we now find the loudest voices end up being the rule of law!

I take this opportunity to publically challenge OSV to teach clearly while you can. We as a Christian nation already have the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Follow these to create a moral and just society. At this point we are still allowed to. Don’t call on a “godless” government to create more regulation. You might find eventually your freedom of the press will no longer exist either!

 — Lawrence J. Reichert, Hays, Kan.

New cup of joe

Re: “How to respond when companies contradict the Faith” (Family, May 5).

In my 20s, I lived 10 minutes from Pike Place Market in Seattle. Every Saturday we would take the kids to purchase everything we needed for dinner on Sunday. Starbucks Coffee was a part of the ritual before they appeared in airports, street corners, and inside Target and malls.  

After reading Phil Lenahan’s article, I listened and knew I had to respond. I will find another alternative coffee.

Nancy Starkey, Jacksonville, Fla.

Combine sacraments

Re: “First Communion or a fashion show?” (Our Takes, May 12).

One way to avoid this syndrome is to do as Byzantine Catholics and the Orthodox do, and have baptism, chrismation and first Communion together. The “age of reason?” Catholics perform infant baptism rather than waiting for people to request it, because we know that the graces of the sacrament are given by God, not produced by the individual’s “understanding” of the sacrament. Why do we not, then, perform the other sacraments at the same time? Anyone who has ever seen tiny children in a Byzantine Catholic or Orthodox Church, lined up to receive Communion first, who has watched mothers and fathers holding their infants up to the priest to receive Communion, knows of what I speak.

Jan Rack, Wilmington, N.C.