Readers Speak Out: February 27, 2022

  • February 24, 2022

Theology of me

Sr. Helena Burns’ Feb. 13 column “ Divide and Conquer? Never in Canada” raises the question of whether, in her world, the democratically elected government is the enemy of freedom. Is the sight of a military-style convoy of massive intimidating trucks, each one representing just one person, flying dual flags, blasting any opposition with their air horns, and illegally occupying and thwarting everyone else’s freedom really “glorious” to her?

Their stated cause is that my rights, my freedom, my way, my body and my choice is what matters in delivering death to fellow citizens. Is hers a theology of “me” rather than “Am I my brother’s keeper”? Sr. Burns might do well to check: there’s no “I” or “Me “ in the Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps some of our fellow Christians could do likewise.  

Gilbert Bernier,

Winnipeg, Man.

Sr. Burns’ eye-opener

Sr. Burns’ article is a concise yet thorough overview of the Freedom Convoy 2022. It provides all the information needed by Canadians to open their eyes to the ominous danger approaching.

It provides the kind of information Catholics need from The Catholic Register at this hour of history. I strongly recommend the reprinting of this piece under a “By demand” banner.  One more time may not be enough. Inclusion in all subsequent issues for the remainder of the year would not be too much.

John Killackey,

Mississauga, Ont.

Shadows of porn

Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s “What’s Wrong With Pornography?” outlined some valid answers to his question. There is far more than his necessarily short article could have mentioned. For example, arguing that our resistance to pornography simply betrays sexual repression is a truly an unenlightened viewpoint. Or, if it is enlightened, it’s from a light opposite to God’s.

Interestingly, our traditions teach us there was an original angel whose name meant light. Positively, our readers have help from the body of work done by Catholic apologist Matt Fradd, who has written a book The Porn Myth and has developed a 21-day program hosted on to abstain from pornography. The testimonies from men and women are powerful.

Thank you Fr. Rolheiser for your wisdom here. Our brothers and sisters also need proven resources and greater detail to reason successfully against “the illuminated.”

Andrew Scarry,

Scarborough, Ont.

Stamping the Queen

The world is in a parlous state because it lacks precious metals. The good news is that we do not have to go into mines to dig it out — it can be found on the countenance of Her Majesty Elizabeth Regina. Platinum is a rare metal which does not tarnish and here is an untarnished life of character and service that became an effulgent reign. It is an exemplar of faith translating into leadership.

A life of faith spanning nearly a century marked by tumult and turmoil; and yet through it all has been this rock amid the swirling sands of time. Canada Post has issued some 70 stamps on Her Majesty, the first being of her as a young girl in 1935! God save the Queen!

Michael Dias,

Markham, Ont.

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