October 31, 2016Civil and Religious
Re “Freedom to Serve” (Editorial, 10/10): The editors have failed to note the difference between civil and religious spheres. While Americans are entitled to their religious beliefs and practices and moral codes, in the public sphere they are not entitled to impose them on others. Belief that all marriage must be heterosexual does not entitle one to enforce that belief on others...
October 24, 2016The Exercise of Individual Conscience
In “The Power of the Word” (10/3), Greg Erlandson writes, “For the Catholic press to survive...it will need more than lukewarm support or elitist disdain.” This is one of the more puzzling comments in the article about what the Catholic press should do to survive. Another strange element of this article is Mr. Erlandson’s advocacy for withholding church news until it...
October 17, 2016A Time of Triage
Re “ An Open Invitation” (Reply All, 9/26): The reaction of the distinguished group of Catholic school leaders to Charles Zech’s article, “Reinventing Catholic Schools” (8/29), was very disappointing. They missed Mr. Zech’s main thrust: In a time of limited resources, the Catholic school system has to prioritize and use its resources in the most strategic fashion.
A time of triage, as we are in—especially...
October 10, 2016Asylum versus Immigration
Re “Step Up on Syrian Refugees” (Current Comment, 9/19): The editors’ comment on the Syrian refugee issue is certainly needed and welcome, but America continues to miss the important distinction between asylum and immigration. Thus the statement that “few immigrants to the United States will be as thoroughly vetted as these Syrians seeking asylum.” If what they are seeking...
October 3, 2016Who are “Real” Catholics?
Re Of Many Things , by Matt Malone, S.J. (9/12): Is the answer to “Who gets to say who real Catholics are?” not “the church”? Our Lord gave the church as the final arbiter in matters of sin between brothers, going so far as to say that if the accused would not listen to the church we are to treat him as a non-member of the community (cf. Mt 18:17)....
September 26, 2016An Open Invitation
Superintendents and the National Catholic Educational Association respond to “Reinventing Catholic Schools,” by Charles Zech (8/29).
Charles Zech fails to mention the incredible work being done in Catholic schools across the country today. As the superintendents of Catholic schools and the head of the National Catholic Educational...
September 19, 2016The Class System
Re “Commending Phoebe” (Editorial, 8/29): While I am in strong favor of women's ordination to the diaconate, I fear this will only lead to expanding the “class system” that already seems to exist in the diaconate office. Already we have a distinctive separation in the diaconate. Deacons are classified as either “transitional” or “permanent” in order to distinguish clearly those deacons...
September 12, 2016Incompatible Positions
Re “Defend the Hyde Amendment” (Editorial, 8/15): There is no such thing as a pro-life Democratic Party position. It was excluded from the party in 1992 when they refused to let Pennsylvania’s Gov. Bob Casey Sr. (a defendant in that year’s Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey) speak at the Democratic National Convention. He...
August 29-September 6, 2016Not So Different
In “Longing for Communion” (7/18), Timothy P. O’Malley presents an important view on our relationship as Catholics with Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists and on our different approaches to the Eucharist. Many of the comments on this article take me back to discussions I was involved with as a younger student. Now I wonder how important these differences are. We are all...
August 15-22, 2016Union in Communion
“Longing for Communion,” by Timothy P. O’Malley (7/18), presents the concrete situation confronted by many Catholic-Lutheran partners today in the United States. The starting point for a pastoral approach to these couples ought to be the union, however imperfect, that already exists between the Catholic and Lutheran churches, not the theological issues around the credentials...