The crisis of incarcerated immigrants

Re: “Aiding imprisoned immigrants a joy, challenge” (News Analysis, April 27).

The first thing I — a Salvadoran Catholic prisoner and immigrant — have to say is that this study was well researched. The writer and volunteers of this article are not lying about the crisis of incarcerated immigrants. They have stumbled on the truth.

There is a desperate need and call for Catholic volunteers to come catechize the immigrants who, because of what the Protestant reformers and prison culture are teaching them, have abandoned their Catholic Faith.

These incarcerated immigrants can be saved, restored back into the Church and sent back to their countries with a Christian Catholic mission. But if we don’t teach these incarcerated immigrants the history and influence of Catholicism, they will continue to be the lost sheep of the Catholic Church and the statistics of the criminal justice system.

If we don’t take this emergency seriously, we are going to be accountable sometime in the future for what we failed to do for Christ. And so I encourage all Catholics of good will to come flood these American prisons with the wealth of the Catholic Church.

Julio Nelson Ventura, Amarillo, Texas

Missal translation

Re: “Survey says: Split persists over new translation” (News Analysis, May 4).

I was sorry to read that there is still significant opposition to the new English translation of the Mass. I admit that the old translation was smoother; but it was smooth like white bread. The new translation takes more chewing, but is more nutritious.

Michael Sullivan, Lincoln, Nebraska

Climate change

Re: “Catholics react to U.N. climate change report” (News Analysis, April 20).

The climate change debate seems to have become another one of those very decisive issues in which there is no winning for the dissenter. Much like the gay marriage issue, those who question — in this case the scientific theory — are vilified. Within the scientific community, disagreement is cause for terrible backlash.

The same machinery that foists the climate change model on us has grown food to burn as fuel, which causes more greenhouse gas than it saves. When fracking reduces greenhouse gas production, it is decried as harmful. All of this seems so hypocritical that I conclude the movement is much more about complete agreement and compliance with the powers driving the argument than it is about the truth and practical solutions.

Karen Nelon, Tampa, Florida

Catechesis key

Re: “A House Divided” (Spectator, April 27).

Greg Erlandson writes that “the Church must find new ways, even a new language to articulate its teachings on marriage and sexuality ...”

I do not totally agree with Erlandson’s recommendations of how the Church should deal with this. For example, a discussion of same-sex marriage using logical, legal, cultural, etc., approaches as “new ways” may work as a secondary level of explanation. However, the primary level must be for the Church to provide complete explanations of Church’s teachings — including the “thou shalt nots.”

It is absolutely essential that the Catholic Church fervently convey to its membership the word and teachings of God, both in the Old and New Testaments. The leadership in the Church since Vatican II has been severely negligent in its job of catechesis. This has resulted in confusion and lack of knowledge of the Faith. This, above all, needs to be addressed. Once this is done, the secondary “new ways” may be helpful. I believe many other Catholics also believe this, but have not spoken up — yet.

Michael Smyth, Finksburg, Maryland


Re: “Pope Francis has strong connection to Mary” (In Focus, May 4).

The secondary headline on the story should have read: “Throughout his pontificate, he has shown a great dedication to spreading the veneration of Our Blessed Mother throughout the world.” We regret the error.

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