Letters to the Editor

By: Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr.
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.
 
By: Father Michael J. Kavanaugh
It was troubling, although not surprising, to read in the Southern Cross (18 February 2016) that 56% of all Americans questioned in the Pew Research Center’s 2015 American Values Survey believe that “the values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life.” I am left wondering how those responding came to know just what the values of Islam are.
 
By: Bruce Snowden
My wife and I watched “Spotlight” and were both shocked and moved by its terrible reality. More than ever the axiom, “Truth hurts” applies. The movie is well-named in that there is a nasty “spot” on the Pope Francis mandated “work-clothes” of the institutional Catholic Church, on which the “light” of investigative transparency has focused, “dry cleaning” the Church’s dirty spot, not so “dry” really, as much tears flow in the process. If you haven’t seen “Spotlight” go see it! 
 
By: Father Brett Brannen of Blessed Sacrament Church, Savannah
Congratulations to Fr. Tim McKeown, being selected by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to be a Missionary of Mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year!  This is a tremendous honor.  Only 50 priests have been chosen from the entire United States to be a Holy Year Missionary of Mercy and there will be only 800  from the entire world.  Out of 400,000 priests worldwide, we are very honored that one of our Savannah priests has been selected!  Fr.
By: Paul Maggioni

I was astounded to read the editorial in Southern Cross regarding the Planned Parenthood (PP) videos released by the Citizens for Medical Progress (CMP).

The videos show executives of PP discussing dismemberment of infants and the sale of their body parts.  The videos are being released in their entirety and there is no doubt as to what these people are up to.

By: Fr. Michael Cerrone

After reading your August 6 issue, I was struck by the contrast between Fr. Douglas Clark’s powerful commentary - “Immodest Proposal” - on Planned Parenthood’s (PP) sordid practices, as exposed by the non-profit Center for Medical Progress (CMP), and Mr. Michael Johnson’s morally confused editorial “The Whole Truth…” in which he chided the Center for lack of journalistic ethics. Whereas Fr.

By: Rosemary Bernard, St. Joseph’s Church, Augusta

Dear editor,

Your attention in the July 9 issue of the Southern Cross to the recent achievement of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team winning the 2015 World Cup is much appreciated.

By: Mark Wyzalek, Macon

Dear editor,

Your naiveté is astounding and dangerous to the truth. You said about the CMP videos “Such unsubstantiated influence is a dangerous phenomenon and detrimental to a civil society”. Of course CMP (Center for Medical Progress) presented a one sided case. What Planned Parenthood does is repulsive and is an abhorrent evil - and that is just their regular abortion business.

By: John Barney, St. Mary on the Hill Church, Augusta

If I was the editor, upon receiving Hart’s column, (“So, Atticus Finch is a bigot”, page 14, Southern Cross, Vol. 95, No. 15, July 26, 2015) I would have told her to go read the book and then write a response. I read Lee’s novel and found it most revealing about racial issues but something larger: the ever growth of government power. Yes, I read Lee’s novel and everywhere we should “go set a watchman.”

I have read nearly a dozen reviews of Lee’s recent novel. I withheld judgment on those reviews, all along as I read the novel, thinking I will read a passage that condemns Finch.

By: Norman Ravitch, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

To listen to the anti-Pope Francis rhetoric among conservatives you might think that the Sermon on the Mount recommended unrestrained capitalism as a moral good.  Conservatives are only revealing their pharisaic hypocrisy in having more allegiance to unrestrained capitalism than to normative Christian values. 

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