Readers Speak Out: May 2, 2021

  • April 29, 2021

Wonderful work

Re: Sisters turn crisis pregnancy into storybook ending (April 4):

What an awesomely uplifting story your YSN writer, Angelica Vecchiato, wrote describing the wonderful work the Sisters of Life are performing: aiding women facing an unexpected pregnancy.

In today’s world which constantly badgers and browbeats the Catholic Church to “get with the times,” both by the secularists and within our own faith community, it is refreshing to see this group of women embrace the culture of life.

These women are living their faith by providing service to the most vulnerable in our society: the pre-born children and their parents. Our Catholic faith is not  a “lip service” rationale of “I personally don’t believe in abortions but....”

Most of our world leaders, namely Trudeau and Biden, profess to be Catholic, but would rather be politically correct than upset the hysterical mob screaming “women’s choice” and “women’s health,” which in many cases is never the women’s choice and has nothing to do with  women’s health.

These “Catholic” political leaders, who have the opportunity and influence to support organizations celebrating life, instead support spending our tax dollars to pay for the elimination of innocent lives. Most of our Catholic political leaders have turned their back on the obligations of their religion, namely the commandment of “Thou shall not kill.”

Anne Marie Manna Peter,

Toronto


Powerful forces

Re: ‘Frightened conservatives’ on the march (April 18):

Those who deny COVID-19 existence and oppose vaccination are of course wrong but for a completely different reason than Glen Argan claims. President Trump was also wrong many times but not for the reason The Washington Post asserts. However, it is Mr. Argan who is denying another obvious fact: that some very powerful forces related to the big money “plan to create totalitarian state” and that attempt has nothing to do with vaccination but rather with policies on issues like censorship, euthanasia and abortion.

Miroslaw Matuszewski,

Toronto


Priesthood roots

Re: Major conference planned on priesthood (April 18):

The story says this symposium “seeks to encourage an understanding of ministerial priesthood that is rooted in the priesthood of all believers conferred at baptism, getting away from the idea of ordained ministry as belonging to ‘ecclesiastical power,’ ” according to Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Where is Christ in all of this? Didn’t Jesus institute the priesthood? The priesthood is “rooted” in Christ, not in the sacrament. Baptism just expresses it.

Rufino Ty,

Brampton, Ont.


Credit due

Re: Catholic Conscience gets set for election (April 25):

Though we are so happy to have played a role in the initial idea for a Catholic federal election debate in 2019, and are grateful that our volunteers could support the live event, I wanted to give full credit where it is due to the principal organizers of the project: the Archdiocese of Toronto, specifically Neil MacCarthy’s extraordinary team at the Office of Communications. This was an incredibly welcome milestone of progress in the mission to foster energized and well-formed Catholic political engagement. This progress is owed to Neil and his colleagues, for which we are always thankful, and happy to have played a small part.

Brendan Steven,

Executive Director, Catholic Conscience

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