Readers Speak Out: December 2, 2018

  • November 29, 2018

A peacemaker

Re: Reflections of a nation in a time of grief (Nov. 18):

Fr. J.A. McDonagh’s account of the events following John F. Kennedy’s assassination was remarkable. Reflecting on the tragedy, he wrote: “Nothing will be the same again until merciful time has weighed all the evidence produced.” 

Indeed, over the years much new evidence related to the assassination has slowly emerged. The new information has often contradicted the official narrative of a lone shooter, resulting in controversy and debate that’s ongoing. 

What’s indisputable is that after narrowly avoiding nuclear conflict during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy wanted to end the Cold War and the arms race with the Soviet Union. He also wished to bring the Vietnam War to a close. The first Catholic President desired peace and was a “living symbol of a new destiny for America.” 

He was a peacemaker and was killed because of it.

Claudio Ceolin,


Respectfully speaking

Re: Trump: An ugly American in Paris (Nov. 18):

Robert Brehl seems to think it is OK to disrespect the U.S. president. Is there no respect for anyone?

Jim Acosta was asked to sit down and give up a microphone. If I were in a similar situation I would do what they told me out of respect for the office, if not necessarily the person.

Carl Idzinski,

Essex, Ont.

Lay chaplains

Re: Cross goes to court (Nov. 18, 2018):

We hear a lot these days about specific examples concerning the separation of church and state in both Canada and the U.S. For example, nativity creches are not allowed on public sites, no religious symbols to be worn by public employees in Quebec, a cross on public property.

But there are also examples of this that don’t get public discussion. A major one is the Christian chaplaincy in the military. The military chaplaincy is quite simply the promotion of religion by the state. 

God knows, soldiers need the guidance and encouragement of faith. But the military chaplaincy ought to be civilian. That would eliminate a serious conflict of interest for both chaplains and their charges, and would make the claim that church and state are separate more convincing.

Walter Klaassen, 

Saskatoon, Sask.

Angelic suggestion

Women have been crying out to play a more important role in our Catholic religion, but no one seems to care. I have a suggestion that might erase that problem and put women on a higher pedestal.

The facts are clear that the Blessed Virgin was next to God in her life and in Heaven. Therefore, I suggest we elevate women to a higher standard of responsibility and form a group called the Angelic Committee and have the Pope select the same number of women as there are cardinals. Any voting by the cardinals on any subject would also be also voted on by the Angelic Committee, giving them a more important role in the Church. 

Frank Vetere,

Oakville, Ont.

Time to act

Re: Investigate charges (Letters to the Editor, Nov. 18):

I must applaud Patricia Maloney (for supporting a thorough investigation of allegations made by Archbishop Carlo Mario Vigano). She has opened up a way of overcoming, aside from prayer, the problems facing our dear Church today.

I know many practical Catholics and loyal clergy would agree.

Michael O’Neill,

Kanata Ont.

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