Readers Speak Out: August 7-14, 2022

  • August 4, 2022

Lead on, Milloy

Kudos to John Milloy for his July 10-17 column “Building a consistent culture of life.”

He mentions key steps needed before concerns about “life” truly drive decision-making. As he states, the dog has finally caught one car (Roe v. Wade). Now we must be dogged in helping others catch and halt runaway vehicles of death.

Milloy has vision and political experience. Will he help to lead us beyond hopeful words and toward meaningful action? With political parties denying life concerns in unconscionable ways, might creation of a Life Party be in order? If parties block change, how can society overcome its insidious culture of death?

Mr. Milloy, please call a meeting. I and other concerned citizens will be there to help chart a course forward. Let’s achieve dreams and not simply chase them.

Eldred MacIntyre

Georgina, Ont.


Registering disbelief

I want to express the same sentiments as Ann Neysmith regarding the June 26 editorial that criticized Pope Francis’ directive to Catholic theologians.

What a nasty and disrespectful commentary about our Pope. I had to read it several times because I had a problem believing I was reading The Catholic Register.

Catherine Barrett 

Guelph, Ont.


Must-read & heed

Thank you for the June 26, 2022 editorial pointing out the unnecessary, unnerving, even destabilizing tumult emanating from Pope Francis’ papacy.

The kindest thing we can say about the Pope Francis era is the utter confusion it has caused for those Catholics watching anxiously. This editorial is a win and a must-read for all Canadian Catholics.

John Killackey

Toronto


Rule out MAiD

Your July 3 editorial warns that the overturning of Roe vs. Wade in the U.S. is unlikely to alleviate the culture of death in Canada. It aptly describes assisted suicide for Canadians who suffer from mental illness as a “moral nightmare.”

Another consequence of euthanasia is the corruption of the health-care system and patient-doctor relationships. Medical doctors become a unique class of citizens who are literally licensed to kill.

Alleged motives of mercy hardly justify such a role reversal.

The solution is the social teaching of the Catholic Church, which amounts to a manual on how to live the Golden Rule.

Lise Anglin

Toronto


Squandered grace

In his July 3 column, Fr. Ron Rolheiser writes: “All grace, by definition, doesn’t ask for certain preconditions to be met in order for it to be offered and received. It is a gift, free, undeserved.”

Yes, however, grace is an inheritance that, according to St. Paul, is obtained by Christ’s death on the Cross. Only if one is in Christ is one entitled to the inheritance. Those who are in Christ and at the same time support abortion or marriage not ordained by God are squandering their inheritance.

Rufino Ty

Brampton, Ont.

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