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March 14, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 10


Basic human rights includes those of the unborn

Upon receiving my last issue of The Catholic Virginian dated 2/29/16, I read the headline above and looked with amazement at the photo of our Governor, Terry McAuliffe, praying at Virginia Vespers in the Cathedral. The intention of the Vespers was to seek basic human rights for all.

Here is a man who professes to be a Catholic, yet speaks openly about his position on abortion: no restrictions, for any woman, for any reason, at any point in the pregnancy.

Yet he stands and prays at Vespers for basic human rights for all?

The blatant hypocrisy is stunning!

May I pose the question to the Governor: What about the basic human rights for the unborn?

Do you not see a conflict in your position on abortion and the doctrine of the Catholic Church, of which you profess to belong, regarding the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death?

I do not expect a reply.

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Reader raps CV's judgment on front page photo

I open my copy of the Catholic Virginian today to see a picture of Virginia’s Governor in a front page picture, attending Vespers at the Cathedral on February 17, 2016. Somehow I cannot reconcile a Governor who stands for Planned Parenthood and abortion rights attending a Catholic service for basic human rights.

If the Governor wanted to attend the service, that is his personal right, but to put him on the front page knowing his stance on a basic Catholic principle was poor judgment on your behalf. You have sent a very mixed message. We cannot pick and choose which of God’s children get human rights and which do not.

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A pure heart and right motivation don’t need a ‘brick wall’

The front page article in the February 29 issue of The Catholic Virginian describes the Vespers service and the Liturgy of the Hours at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond including a picture and text that identifies only Governor Terry McAuliffe by name.

More than once during his election campaign for Governor of Virginia in 2013, Terry McAuliffe is quoted in multiple media sources as saying that he would stand as a “brick wall” against efforts to erode women’s rights to abortion.

He also stated that “Planned Parenthood is a strong voice for women in Virginia and was a key partner in my run for governor.”

Planned Parenthood, the largest franchise provider of abortion in the United States, reportedly spent $2.4 million on Governor McAuliffe’s election. One can only wonder how many abortions were performed to generate those funds. Furthermore, as a member of the Virginia State Board of Health, I have observed the Governor appoint a majority of new members over the past two years who have voted as a bloc to weaken the Abortion Clinic Safety Regulations.

The homily at the Vespers service by Bishop DiLorenzo is abstracted in the CV article. The Bishop described Jesus as loving, forgiving, gentle, patient, and self controlled. He had a pure heart and right motivation.

The Bishop suggested that those who seek to address the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia should “have a pure heart and right motivation.”

We must pray that it was God who drew the Governor to this service to hear this important homily. We must pray that the Governor and other legislators present will be moved to consider prayer for basic human rights for all to include the unborn.

I pray the Governor, as well as all citizens, will become more loving, forgiving, gentle, patient, and have a pure heart and right motivation.

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(Editor: In response to the three above letters, Virginia Vespers was a prayer service and people of all religious faiths and beliefs were invited to come together to pray for the people of Virginia. There was a good ecumenical representation and all were welcome.

Both Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington feel it is important to meet with people with whom we don't always agree.)


All things possible through prayer

In his commentary “Looking at Ourselves in America” in the February 15 issue of the CV, Tom Kallus tells us that our country is being referred to (by some) as “The Great Satan,” and I hear all the gloom and doom rampant in the world today. In common parlance this is called the “new norm.” The corollary is conventional wisdom’s compliant advice to accept this; it is what it is. The truth is dismissed. The truth is that there is an enemy out there to be defeated.

My question is this: Have we forgotten prayer? Jesus says, “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” (Matt. 5:43-48) I grew up praying every day and after every Mass for the conversion of Russia. Things are not so different today. Why isn’t the message from every Christian pulpit in the world telling us to pray? As Catholics, we know the efficacy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the many blessings wrought by our devotion to the rosary and by the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

In his article, Kallus concludes by saying “Do they (our allies and opponents) see a nation abandoning God and His commandments as the basis for the laws and culture with Satan filling the vacuum?” Could we really be “The Great Satan?” This is not necessary. It can change. All things are possible with God for those who believe.

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Many benefits to Eucharistic Adoration

As a life-long Catholic and a former parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Hampton for 50 years, I want to thank The Catholic Virginian for the many articles that you have published on the tremendous spiritual benefits that a person gains through Blessed Sacrament devotions. As a former member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society at St. Joseph’s, I know personally the tremendous spiritual growth that I have gained in my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is saddening to see so few people take advantage of this beautiful “one-on-one” time with our Lord.

I hope that your articles will be seen as seeds that will grow, and that the flock will be more in tune with future articles that will be published on Eucharistic Adoration.


Christ pre-dated onset of Sharia law

The letter writer defending Islam and Sharia law in the February 29 issue (Dolores Machik) is correct that Christ did not say “Love your neighbor as yourself, except Muslims” because Islam didn’t begin until 610 AD and therefore he couldn’t possibly have.

Christ predated Islam and therefore made that statement before Islam existed.

The issue is culture, not religious freedom. Islamic Sharia law in some countries makes it illegal for women to drive cars. Islamic Sharia law in some countries permit women to be treated as property and be lawfully beaten by their husbands.

How can any freedom loving American possibly support this culture anywhere it exists?

Loving your Muslim neighbor should not prevent you from disagreeing with Islamic Sharia law culture. Muslim males justify modern day child marriage (marriage to 10 year old girls) because their prophet (Muhammad) had a child bride.

An Egyptian-born Muslim co-worker of mine, who I actually like a lot, confirmed this.

Don’t take my word for it, ask a Muslim male and/or research it yourself.

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Parish radio article needs clarification

Many thanks for including St. Patrick’s Radio Evangelization article in the Feb. 29 issue of The Catholic Virginian. It was greatly appreciated.

St. Patrick’s Parish Adult Choir in Lexington was inadvertently omitted from the recent article ‘St. Patrick’s radio show airs weekly.’ Their Director of Music and Liturgy, Luci K. Majikas, and 14 choir members have faithfully contributed traditional and contemporary music to the program.

(Editor: The original article written by Lori McAnnally mentioned the choir’s contribution. Due to lack of space, the article had to be edited and that fact was unfortunately omitted.)

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