Letters to the Editor

Exception Taken

Father Thomas Rosica’s tirade ("Pope gets media’s attention as he rebrands church, papacy, says priest", By Ed Wilkinson, CNS - page 3 of the May 26 issue of the Southern Cross) on some who are dismayed on the rebranding of the Church continues the recurring theme of castigating faithful adherents of the Catholic faith as obsessed, self-absorbed, fundamentalist, rigid, ideological, and hypocritical.
 

Special Interests

I found Father Clark's May 26 commentary, "It is time to call nonsense what it is: 'nonsense,'", especially interesting. He gave no quarter to advocates of transgenderism, clearly supporting the argument through science and faith. All of us learned the science in high school, the science that also reveals that life begins at conception.
 
What is a bother is that science does not support global warming, yet many leaders in our Church ignore that science and continue(s) to embrace a farce.

Fact Checking

I read Father Clark's commentary, found in the May 26 issue of the Southern Cross with the headline “It is time to call nonsense what it is: 'nonsense.'” The headline made me think I was going to get some biting political humor regarding the current national election. Instead I was treated to an ill-informed commentary on XX and XY chromosomes and human sexuality/gender. You would think Catholic clergy would stay away from science ever since the Galileo debacle. 
 

Redemptive Struggle

With Fr. Doug Clark’s keen intellect and wit, he begins his May 26 commentary on the “bathroom” issue facing our country with a quote by John Harington. Not recognizing the name, I did a quick Google search and discovered that Sir John Harington is credited with inventing the modern flush toilet. I suspect the irony was intended by Fr. Clark. 
 

Disappointed

You disappoint me, Father Clark. I expected more from an intelligent man like yourself than was exhibited in your recent article, "It is time to call nonsense what it is: 'nonsense,'" appearing in the May 26, Southern Cross on transgenderism. At the very least, support from some qualified, unbiased groups looking into the physiological and psychological aspects of this should have been referenced as opposed to a single Vatican document.

Social sin

Wow. I was stunned when I read Father McCarthy’s article “Private Prisons in Georgia” . It upset me very much and it made me angry and it also made me feel ashamed. How can such a thing be going on in a civilized nation? How can it be even legal to make a profit of the deep misery of human beings? This is a social sin that cries out to heaven. Thank you Father McCarthy for speaking out on this issue when no one else cares. Thank you also to Mary Hood Hart for her beautiful article “I was in Prison...”. May God have mercy on us in our smug and puffed up self-righteousnesses.

Thank you

Thank you so much for the excellent article by Fr. Jeremiah J. McCarthy entitled Private Prisons in Georgia and the Year of Mercy. (March 17, 2016) I appreciated all of the information Fr. McCarthy included regarding the for-profit prison system — especially here in our own diocese. It really challenged me to think about all of those affected by our prison system — both those incarcerated and the prison employees. 
 
Sr. Donna Jo Loeper, SSJ, Savannah

Self-inflicted Harm

After reading Mary Hart’s column of 3/17 I’m led to believe that the problem of incarcerated drug offenders is of our own doing.
 
She insinuates that we should let them out, since they’re struggling already, and most committed non-violent crimes. With that logic we would also be obligated to release many more people, such as those who have embezzled or stolen. She confuses drug users with drug pushers, never offering statistics on the percent jailed for promoting drug use as active participants in the illegal drug industry.
 

Donation to South Carolina

Dear +Gregory,
 
On behalf of the faithful of South Carolina, I thank you and all the faithful of the Diocese of Savannah for the donation of $83,409.25 received and designated for relief efforts due to the 2015 storms and flooding in various parts of South Carolina.
 

Congratulations

Congratulations should be extended to columnist Rita H. DeLorme on her article on Cheatham E. Hodges, Jr. which appeared in the February 4, 2016 edition of the Southern Cross. Many people in Savannah and Chatham County and the surrounding area should be grateful for the wonderful service Cheatham performed in representing the Catholic Church in Georgia on legislative matters. He was truly the voice in the Georgia General Assembly for all Roman Catholics.
 

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