Letters to the Editor

Ghosts of segregation

In Father Kavanaugh’s op-ed in the Nov. 24th edition of the Southern Cross, he states that it is our obligation as Americans and Christians to be vigilant about “Nativism, segregation and the dangers we face,” especially in light of the election results a couple of weeks ago. He says, “This frightens him.” My question is: Where was Father Kavanaugh before the presidential election expressing as much concern and “fright” over the prospect of a Clinton Democratic administration whose platform stated that abortion including partial birth abortion was a right?

Courageous Catholic Stances

As Glenmary serves in your diocese, I read each of your issues as they come out. I finished the Nov. 24 newspaper and I wanted to offer my kudos on the commentaries on page 18.

Mary Hood Hart and Father Michael Kavanaugh were wonderful. They are firm, courageous, Catholic stances that many diocesan publications would lack the courage to share so clearly.

Thank God for His Excellency Bishop Hartmayer for publishing these and to you and your staff.

Response to Mary Hood Hart's "Waging Warfare on U.S. Streets" (7-21-16)

Mary Hood Hart must be riddled with feelings of guilt to write in her article ‘Waging warfare on U.S. Streets’ 7/21/2016-“Those of us who are driven to seek justice and peace must recognize how we have contributed to the systems in place that have led to the violence we are now experiencing all too frequently…”


(In reference to Catholic News Service’s report “Healing Racial Divides” in the July 21st issue)
Bishop Ricard told Catholic News Service, after the many recent killings, that people are asking the Catholic Church to “Give us some direction; show us some leadership. Show us our concerns are your concerns and that you are with us because we see ourselves under siege in many ways.” 

Extraordinary "Ordinary" Form

(In reference to “Embracing Mystery” in the June 23rd issue) 
For my first 21 years as a Catholic I went to Mass in Latin celebrated in what is now called the “Extraordinary Form.” I don’t remember being very inspired by any part of it except the opportunity to receive Communion. I often felt that the rest of Mass was what you endured to get the ultimate blessing of Catholicism, Jesus with us in the consecrated host.

La Segunda Capilla

“Y aquí,” la hermana me dijo sonriendo, “está nuestra segunda capilla.” Entré al salón un poco confundido mientras explicaba la hermana, “esta es nuestra segunda capilla porque aquí también encontramos a Cristo.” La hermana religiosa me había invitado a entrar a un salón con unas quince jóvenes, todas las cuales sufrían de defectos congénitos y enfermedades graves. En este salón se encontraban las jóvenes mayores del hogar, las pocas que habían vivido más allá de unos pocos años después de ser abandonadas por sus padres debido a su inhabilidad para cuidar de ellas.

Gun Restrictions

According to Moises Sandoval (CNS) less guns will reduce deaths. I believe less guns would make one more vulnerable to those that want to do us harm. Mr. Sandoval’s way of thinking would make the criminal element more emboldened.

Sanctity of the Mass

I thoroughly enjoyed the article by Jessica Marsala in the June 23, 2016 edition of the Southern Cross about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

Defective System

I take issue with the article written by Moises Sandoval (CNS) promoting the idea that to reduce deaths we must reduce guns. 

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.


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