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November 9, 2015 | Volume 91 Number 1


Roanoke Catholic article promotes Catholic faith

Thank you for the story in your latest CV about my visit as Mayor of Roanoke to our sister city of Wonju, South Korea, and our effort to connect with the families who have sent their children to Roanoke Catholic School.

We’re making a lot of good efforts out west here to promote our Catholic faith, and we appreciate the Catholic Virginian taking notice. Thank you so much.


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Rudeness and disrespect another form of violence

Recently a journalist and a photographer were murdered in our area. Although the perpetrator of the crime passed a background check, legally purchasing the weapon used, this horrific event prompted renewed discussion as to how to toughen the laws in order to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. To his credit, the father of the slain journalist vowed to devote his life to this cause in her memory. It is hard to imagine how families cope with such violence. One can only hope that by focusing the deep sense of grief and loss into trying to prevent other families from facing similar tragedies, an enormous emotional toll is lessened somehow.

As this father continues to openly grieve for his daughter while championing the cause of more gun control, his anger and frustration at what is perceived as unwavering positions by public officials have begun to spill into his words and postings on social media. Some of these postings have been perceived from the language and tone to be threatening rather than challenging. When an elected official, out of concern for himself and his family, reported such statements to the police, the governor, rather than attempting to cool the rhetoric, suggested the official was being overly sensitive to a distraught father and told him to “man up”. Regardless of whether the postings were threatening or not, the governor’s admonishment could be perceived as condoning the use of disrespectful language (too crude to reprint in this newspaper) toward another citizen.

Is this what our world has come to? Accepting rude and disrespectful verbal attacks toward one another for any reason? Aren’t we replacing one form of violence for another? We counsel our children in their conflicts to “use their words.” Maybe we should add “choose your words wisely.”

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