Decisions based on ‘Amoris’ should not be taken lightly

Re: “‘Amoris Laetitia’ sparks call for clarity and unity” (News Analysis, Jan. 22-28).

This article called to mind the “broken window” theory: If one window in a building gets broken, the rest will probably get broken, then the people are going to see them and think you can get away with breaking windows, and the problem gets worse and worse. It’s based on the idea that disorder leads to bad decisions, and order makes people accountable.

Marriage is a sacrament of the Church; when two people involved respect it, graces abound. The holy Eucharist is a sacrament of the Church; when it is respected, graces abound. I pray that the Holy Spirit touches all the involved men’s hearts and minds. Jesus said, “pick up your cross and follow me.” When you make the wrong decision, it may be that you have to live with it or make some hard choices, and remember: Other people may be involved, and you will have to answer for everything before God on how you carried your cross.

Winifred Young, Port Monmouth, New Jersey

‘Amoris Laetitia’

Re: “Implementation split on new family teaching” (News Analysis, Feb. 19-25); “Seeing the many rich facets” (Essay, Feb. 19-25).

I read the two articles on Amoris Laetitia and have this concern regarding some of the statements.

I certainly am not a theologian but I think I understand human nature quite well. I think we are embarking on a slippery slope. If we allow couples who are divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion because of their “formed conscience,” then the infertile couple will say, “Our formed conscience allows us to use IVF,” and the couple who can’t afford more children (or any), will say “Our formed conscience tells us it’s OK to use birth control” — or worse yet, have an abortion. Where will it stop?

Jeannine Aucoin, Henniker, New Hampshire


Re: “Catholics respond to border wall, travel ban” (News Analysis, Feb. 12-18).

The article by James Hanna seems to ignore the reality that all immigrants are not alike. While it is laudable that the hierarchy seeks to promote the interests of human dignity for immigrants, and by extension due process and equal protection under law, the discussion totally ignores several other important issues. The article fails to note that our national opioid epidemic is predominantly fueled by the drug cartels who operate through our southern border. Likewise, five of the seven nations put on President Donald Trump’s travel ban have been identified by the “failed states” (or “fragile states”) index of the U.S., and the federal government has identified these as either “state sponsors of terrorism” or “terrorist safe havens.” 

This issue must truly confront the rights of the innocent but can provide no concern to human beings who are perpetrating acts of grave evil and thereby pose a genuine threat to regional and national security. Our nation, any nation, has a right to defend its borders against those who would cause it grave harm and those who would enter without benefit of law — such is right under natural law for the common good (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2241).

John Frazier York, via email

Walls between countries have been built for many years. I am very familiar with borders. As a U.S. Marine, we quickly learned our duty to defend every citizen, no matter what race, creed or religion from foreign foes who intend harm to this nation and its citizens.

Even our Father in heaven doesn’t give us everything we ask for, because free gifts are too often taken for granted and freedom is more appreciated when earned. Sneaking into a country and hiding your existence there in fear of getting caught is no way to please our God!

Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio
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