January 23, 2017
This question, pitched to America readers on social media, received hundreds of written responses over three days. While our readers had different ideas about how Mr. Trump should shape economic policy and tackle poverty, over 60 percent agreed that this topic should be the president-elect’s foremost concern. “Mr. Donald J. Trump should focus on how our society treats its most vulnerable members,” wrote David Lester, from Oregon. “Donald Trump should work with the rest of our leaders to...
January 2, 2017Media in Democracy
Re “ All the News That Causes Fits” (Editorial, 12/12): At the post-election review forum at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Kellyanne Conway, Donald J. Trump’s senior campaign manager, said the fakest news of the 2016 election was the headlines that with few exceptions repeated that Donald Trump could not win.
The mainstream media...
December 19-26, 2016Wealth in a Paperback
Re “How the World Will End,” by Paul Almonte (11/28): Sixty years ago in a high school senior English class, Sister Rose Margaret recommended a small jewel of a paperback: Mr. Blue. It was love at first “read.” Who wouldn’t love J. Blue? Sister’s additional recommendation, Gift From the Sea , completed a duet of treasured classics that remains on my shelf. Rereading them at various stages of...
December 5-12, 2016Fruitful Dialogue
Re “Answering Our Daughters,” by Helen M. Alvaré (11/14): The author leaves us with much to ponder and the beginnings of a fruitful dialogue that could lead to meaningful change. Some will overinterpret her message and call for immediate clerical changes, while others will abhor the author for even suggesting that the change in women’s societal role requires a response from the church.What is clear...
November 28, 2016Just Judgment
Re “Unjust Discrimination” (Editorial, 11/7): There are many sins that are public, especially these days. Unmarried couples living together; thieves caught red-handed; witnesses lying under oath; healthy, registered members of the church who never make it to Mass—the list could go on and on. Why indeed are gay people such targets for public censure? Jesus was a just judge, but can we say that about...
Re “Building on Diversity,” by Tara García Mathewson (10/31): Ecelente artículo Sra. Garcia . My family lives on the East Coast, and my career is in the medical field. We attend the cathedral in our diocese as our parish and I was a member at one time on the cathedral social justice committee.
Whenever I suggested that we should do outreach to Latinos in our area to my committee colleagues, I met siloed...
November 14, 2016Disillusionment
Re “In Praise of Politics,” (Editorial 10/24): It seems to me that disillusionment extends far beyond politics. We look to our church and its leaders for unity and to speak out against those who treat the gift of life so poorly. We, the congregation, need our priests, church leaders and organizations to be on the same page with us in denouncing the reality of evil that clearly divides...
November 7, 2016All Are Worthy of Love
Re “A Hispanic Moment?” (Editorial 10/17): Engaging diversity and social justice in our society is a moral and ethical obligation, especially if one aligns oneself with Christ's teachings. “Othering” people is a basic tenet of racism and xenophobia—if we are devaluing another's life experience or cultural heritage we are culpable of such. The church is a source of major...
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...