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Readers Speak Out: November 24, 2019

Wrong decision

Re: Toronto Catholic board votes to include gender terms (Nov. 17):

Readers Speak Out: November 17, 2019

Incompatible vocations

Re: Synod gives hope to Canada’s North (Nov. 10): 

Two years ago, The Catholic Register published an article about Fr. Issa Maamar, a priest in the Greek-Melkite Church who was forced to leave Syria to protect his family. Priests in the Greek-Melkite Church are allowed to marry. Torn between leaving his people and protecting his family, he explained: “If I was alone, I would not have decided to leave, but because I had a family and I wanted to protect them, I had to make this decision.”

Readers Speak Out: November 10, 2019

Divided electorate

Re: Election exposes some deep divisions (Oct. 27):

Readers Speak Out: November 3, 2019

Papal dilemma

The moot question that concerns many attendees at the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon appears to be Pope Francis’ expected shift in mandatory clerical celibacy, which would be virulently opposed by conservatives. 

Readers Speak Out: October 27, 2019

No more nukes

Re: Bishops demand action on nuclear treaty (Oct. 6):

Readers Speak Out: October 20, 2019

Going green

Re: Catholics put climate on electoral hot seat (Sept. 26):

Greta Thunberg’s courageous defence of the environment at the United Nations will resound forever in human history.

 Tearfully, yet passionately, she described the apocalyptic horrors that await us — the consequences of humanity’s greed and obsession with material gain. She carried a message no one wanted to here: that we engineered our own destruction. 

Humans are masters of using causes to hide from God’s commandments and expectations. In Genesis 1:28, He bade us to “fill the Earth and subdue it.” Instead, we eradicated whole species and polluted ecosystems. 

Jesus reminds us that the Earth will “pass away” after the Apocalypse and Judgment. The Church’s adopting green projects does not contradict God’s commandments — it is our duty. This is the only reason God placed us here.    

Christopher Mansour,

Barrie, Ont.

More engagement

Andrew Scheer would cut Canada’s international assistance by 25 per cent. But cutting funds for disaster relief, food assistance or international security would have serious consequences for some of the world’s most vulnerable.

We should increase Canadian aid, not make drastic cuts to it. Both Liberal and Conservative governments have let our share of international aid dwindle to only 0.28 per cent of our gross national income, well below our United Nations commitment of 0.7 per cent and well below our fair share. 

To truly reflect Canadian values, we need to engage more in the world, not less. Government should help improve our lives, but not at the expense of failing to help others. We can, and should, do both.

Therese Jelinski,

Saskatoon, Sask.

Vote for ethics

A major prerequisite for any party seeking to be elected is that it be ethical. After all, if you are not ethical, then exactly what are you? 

A Nanos poll conducted in June 2019 showed that 73 per cent of Canadians said ethics in government will influence their vote Oct. 21 and that ethics stood head and shoulders above the economy, the environment and trade with the United States. 

That survey is consistent with the expectation that Canadians will always choose truth, ethics and honesty over power, traits for which Canada is recognized even internationally. 

It is difficult to believe that any government which has been proven beyond a doubt to have acted unethically could be rewarded with an election victory. 

Canadians should vote for whomever they want, but above all they should choose honesty over power because it is the right thing to do. 

Government needs to be a good role model for our children and our grandchildren.

Aldo Dolcetti,

Richmond Hill, Ont.

Stand and witness

Charles Lewis is totally right in stating that the federal election should include a “platform based on Judeo-Christian principles without apologizing for it.” Canada has a party doing just that — the Christian Heritage Party. But the sad reality is getting enough candidates and voters to support it. 

Christians/Catholics have taken faith for granted for far too long. What we are left with, more and more, is private prayer and worship. Political correctness now relegates faith to home and parish level. 

It will take a responsible and informed citizenry to change this. The question that remains is this: Are Christians in Canada willing to stand and witness what they believe in the public square?

Lou Iacobelli,


Readers Speak Out: October 13, 2019

More good news

I want to congratulate you for the inspiring writing you choose to put in The Catholic Register.

Readers Speak Out: October 6, 2019

Time to reboot

Church leaders cannot be blamed for optimistically adopting Vatican II changes, which most clergy and laity supported. However, 55 years on, it must be concluded that those good-faith liberalizing strategies have not worked. 

Readers Speak Out: September 29, 2019

Vote for integrity

Canadians are intelligent people. They are highly educated. 

Readers Speak Out: September 22, 2019

Dignified death

Re: Faith shouldn’t have to bend to survive (Aug. 11-18):

Excellent article by Charles Lewis. But I wonder what euthanasia has to do with palliative care.