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June 22, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 17

LETTERS

Article on Geline Williams brings back memories

The article on Geline Williams, June 8 issue, brought memories of the tireless, passionate fight for the unborn that this amazing woman engaged in for so many years.

I was blessed to be active in the Tidewater Chapter when Geline was state president of our Virginia Society for Human Life. My prayerful good wishes go with her as she retires.

Unfortunately, another article in the same issue brought back other memories. In the formative years as a Right-to-Life organization, we had to assume a high profile for the unborn after the God-given right-to-life was stripped by the Supreme Court in 1972.

We frequently debated with pro-abortion advocates. One of the tactics they used to disarm our cause was the old philosophical trick of turning the spotlight on the debater, known as “reductio ad hominem.”

If advocates of abortion can make people think that what you are saying is specious because you are not speaking on behalf of a myriad of other causes, then they have turned the audience against you.

On the other hand, people advocating for abortion were not expected to promote any other causes in order to be credible. Nor should they have been, any more than we should have been.

When Barbara Hughes writes “We cannot claim to be pro-life and turn a blind eye to workers living below the poverty line…,” it smacks too much of the same old ad hominem argument. Being pro-life is an outlook concerned about all life so why imply that pro-lifers are ignoring the poor. Those who enjoy the gift of life can speak for themselves but the unborn have no voice.

When I spend thousands of hours defending defenseless babies, forgive me for not working in a soup kitchen. There are many people working in soup kitchens and no one qualifies their service by implying that they need to picket an abortion clinic also.

There is one way we American Catholics can be consistent and evangelize while practicing what we preach. We can make no claim to be pro-life and then vote for candidates who are outspokenly for abortion.

If we pray for an end to abortion and vote for it to continue, how do we expect abortion to end? The right to life comes before any other right, including liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

(Barbara Hughes responds with a clarification: It is my understanding that the term Pro-Life includes all issues from womb to tomb and it was in that context that I used it.

Pro-Life is a core Catholic value. While no one person can be actively involved in every pro-life effort, we are all called to mirror that value by the way we live.)

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CV articles cause reader to wonder

Just recently I was sitting at my kitchen table when I found my June 8 issue of The Catholic Virginian. Upon reading the first two headlines, I was dismayed.

The headlines were concerning the recycled topics: abortion and gay marriage. As a youth in the Catholic Church, I often grow tired of hearing the same banter about ‘legalizing gay marriage’ and ‘hope for pro-life cause.’

Has the Catholic Church truly become a robot? Spouting the same monotonous controversies? Are these truly the only things the Catholic Church is centering around now?

When I first read the article titled, “Church In Ireland said to need ‘reality check,’” the first teenage response to that was, “Who cares?” I understand many people feel many different things about this growing topic of discussion, but what I heard myself asking is: Who cares? It is not and never will be our place to judge, despite what many people may think.

I believe, as long as one lives a giving, compassionate life full of love for God, then it really doesn’t matter if you love somebody of the same sex.

The second theme topic of the Catholic Church is abortion with the headline to go with it: “Geline Williams has hope for pro-life cause.” That’s wonderful, but is it that important? There are so many horrors of this world, and sometimes abortion doesn’t quite make the top 100.

Modern slavery, human trafficking, warfare, domestic violence, rape, prostitution, poverty, etc. are just to name a few.

And when I hear about these things, these horrible things, I wonder how abortion and gay marriage make the top headlines. How can we, as a church, worry so heavily on the sanctity of life?

While gay marriage and abortion are important topics people are passionate about, I urge the Catholic Church as well as The Catholic Virginian to move away from them to controversies just as important. I just think there are bigger fish to fry, bigger pictures to see than that of the same recycled issues.

(Editor: It is vitally important that the Catholic Church clearly express its teachings to the lay faithful. While there are certainly other major concerns in which Catholics get involved and are right in doing so, the Church has a responsibility to make it clear what Church teaching is and why it takes the stands that it does.

Abortion is deliberately ending a life which has already begun. The beating heart is stopped. An ultrasound machine clearly shows the baby in its mother’s womb, and the vast majority of women who see their baby in the image from the ultrasound decide to bring their child to term even though some previously opted for an abortion.)

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‘Gay marriage’ seen as attack on family

Protecting the fold of faithful in parishes from heterodox and heretical teaching should be a commonplace action. It is heartening to read about the courage of shepherd Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte.

In May, the bishop disinvited Sr. Jeannine Gramick as a keynote speaker at a function at St. Peter Church in Charlotte. Sister Gramick has been promoting the normalization of homosexual activity for some time now, I believe for decades.

What needs to be clear, and made more clear by the language we personally use to deal with the current onslaught against the family, is that there is no such thing as “gay marriage.”

With the capitulation of no less than our federal government, major corporations, and too many Christian denominations to the gay agenda and gender ideology, the Catholic Church stands nearly alone in defense of the family. We already know where Hollywood and the media stand on GLBT activity. We also know where one of our major political parties stands.

Scripture, cover to cover, only refers to marriage as between man and woman. Even a ‘cast in stone’ commandment tells us to “Honor thy father and thy mother.”

All of us sinners have crosses to bear, from various origins and sources, with some crosses heavier than others. We must help each other to stay on the path of holiness, condemning (judging) the sin, while recognizing that we must love the sinner as God loves the sinner.

Christ also said “Go and sin no more” to the woman caught in adultery. Jesus came to save us from sin, not to sanction sin.

All three branches of our government are attempting to force demonic gender ideology on our nation, with the Church next on the hit list. It is up to faithful Catholics from the pews to the throne of Peter to defend us against this attack on God and the family unit.

May the Blessed Trinity help us to speak up, now and often, with wisdom and courage.

 

Vote for same-sex marriage in Ireland reflects mindset

I think it verges on the pathetic that the Church is so upset about the recent vote in Ireland (CV, June 8 issue).

The Church certainly has a right to preach its dogma, and the state has a right to enact its laws. But should the state reflect in its laws the dogma of the church?

If the Church is not able to convince Catholics to obey Church dogma, should it enlist the help of the state to straighten out their consciences?

By far, probably even in Ireland, most gay people who want to marry are not practicing Catholics. But even if they were, can’t the Church trust them to make up their own minds?

No, I don’t expect the Church to actually marry these folks. But please leave them alone!

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