Readers Speak Out: October 3, 2021

  • September 30, 2021

Great deception

Re: Digging deep into ‘The Warning’ signs (Sr. Helena Burns, Sept. 19):

Secular observers note that the “present time” is experiencing “signs” of apocalyptic proportions: plague, pestilence, fire, flood, military defeat and economic turmoil. For Catholics these signs are augmented by distress over the scandal of the residential schools, the extension of MAiD and the juggernaut of the continuing sexual revolution.

It is easy to understand the appeal of private revelations, predicting an imminent Warning and mass illumination of conscience, as a way of negotiating a culture that has gone “bonkers.” But such a focus can lead to withdrawal into a devotional silo negating engagement with the world as it is. The great deception here is promotion of the heresy of the “faithful remnant” or the “true Church.”While zealous in prayer, penance and purity, the stalwarts can be suspicious of legitimate and competent authority both civil and ecclesiastical.

It also does a great disservice to Marian piety by reducing it to some type of trailer for a B horror movie. While the Virgin has a prophetic role she is essentially the Theotokos, whose presence brings the Incarnate Word into the messed up world. Her intercession is essential in experiencing that “Illumination of Conscience” needed by the individual sinner to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the correct disposition and a heart ready to repent.

Michael Chard,

Toronto


Distorted belief

The article entitled “Best,worst of times --- “ authored by  Peter Stockland (Sept. 12) made for an interesting read based as it was on abortion, which has become a burning political issue in Canada since the advent of the Trudeaus on the political scene

I do applaud the government for its compassionate approach in helping those looking to escape the chaos in Afghanistan but I certainly question this selective approach as no such magnanimity has ever been displayed towards the aborted considering that the death of the former may be highly probable but the latter certain.

How many Canadians realize that the death of the aborted is not delivered by a shotgun but by the unimaginable use of a surgeon’s knife to separate the fetus’ limb from limb to ease its extraction.

I agree that the  trauma caused by the visuals might be emotionally upsetting for some viewers: on the other hand they are a powerful and convincing argument by the pro-life faction for a  change in government policy.

“Islamic savagery” is a term coined to include the mass killings carried out by Islamic radicals in keeping with their distorted beliefs which shock us. Shouldn’t we be as shocked when our Christian belief of life beginning at conception with  the creation of the immortal soul is as distorted in  Canada?

J.E. Sequeira,

Pointe Claire, Que.


Bad source

Re: Mexican court strikes down abortion law (Sept. 19):

In News & Notes, we learn that the Supreme Court of Mexico has rejected a clause in its state constitution protecting human life from conception until death. The court says only the federal constitution can determine when life begins. In reality, there are three sources competent to determine when human life begins: science, logic and the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

No state or federal constitution anywhere has the necessary competence to make such a determination.

Lise Anglin,

Toronto

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

I must thank the Diocese for this wonder move against "Human Trafficking". And most especially Patricia Vargas who has made out time to handle this critical issue.
Honestly speaking, so many African women are victim of human...

HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

I must thank the Diocese for this wonder move against "Human Trafficking". And most especially Patricia Vargas who has made out time to handle this critical issue.
Honestly speaking, so many African women are victim of human trafficking. Some died in the desert out of starvation, some drinks their urine, some were thrown inside the sea by their master,
some in order to escape the ill maltreatment of their master meet their death.
The worst part of it all is the deceitful lie they use on their victim, either job opportunity lies or they will help them manage their restaurant. A sister of mine was a victim of that in one of the European countries, but when she discover that they want to lure her into prostitution, she luckily met a citizen of that country who rescued her and finally they got married.
So, the situation is really becoming worst on daily bases.
The situation is really becoming worst on daily bases.
I pray that God Almighty will give you and your team wisdom to handle this task.
Thank you.
Juliet Egole from Nigeria.

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