Re “#MineToo,” by Cecilia González-Andrieu (4/29): In many instances I think women are loyal to their parish. If the leadership is good, the preaching is thoughtful, learned and joyful, and the community is supportive, we focus on the parish and push the “church” to one side. To leave would mean leaving a community that has, with all its faults, often been the source of love, friendship, support and prayer.
Re “Same-sex Marriage Plaintiffs Create Scholarship for L.G.B.T. Catholics,” by Michael J. O’Loughlin (4/29): Jesus preached love. In none of his sermons did he say “I love you if...” or “I’ll love you as long as….” There were no restrictions on Jesus’ love and compassion. He is the definition of unconditional love. To assert otherwise is slander.
Anna Bock Mullins
Re “After ISIS: Can the Christian Community in Northern
Iraq Survive?” by Kevin Clarke (4/29): Thank you for continuing to highlight this. The persecution of fellow Christians should be the number one external issue supported by the church. I wish the church were more forceful and outspoken on this matter. I am afraid we will look back at this, like many tragedies in the past, and wish we did more.
College Is Not for Everyone
Re “College Is Not for Everyone. Catholic Schools Should Recognize That,” by Mary McAuliffe (4/1): As a Catholic educator I agree that college is not for everyone. I have told my students that if you want to be a carpenter, a plumber, an auto mechanic, a baker—great. Be an educated carpenter, plumber, auto mechanic, baker. Be educated so that you can fully participate in your parish and the community.
Edward J. Higgins