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Editor's Note: We have been receiving beaucoup feedback on our Open Letter to the Bishops and our "Herod's Heroes" series. It's running 95% positive to 5% negative, but in fairness we share opinions of both sides below with all three of the negative responses received and just a sampling of the positive ones received:
Doing the Church a favor!
I used to read Daily Cathoic several times a week - but had gotten away from it lately. Well, never again!!!! After your recent column "The Buck stops with the Bishops", and our correspondence, I made a visit to Daily Catholic and stumbled on Herod's Heroes! You don't know how much I have prayed that someone would take up the banner of "outing" these very same 'Catholic in name only' Politicians!!!! I have already e-mailed Senator Biden and will make my way down the list starting at the beginning - including any Bishops and Cardinals who have e-mail addresses. Plus I have sent the link to all my Catholic friends on my e-mail list! I truly think that you are doing Holy Mother Church a very much, over needed, favor! I had already started composing a letter to the Papal Nuncio, Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo regarding "The Buck stops with the Bishops" column. I might as well include this along with it. Sam in Florida
Doesn't support overturning Roe vs. Wade
I would like
to voice disagreement. While I am Catholic, and I am
certainly not Pro-Choice, (unless it means choosing
life) I don't support over-turning Roe v.Wade.
Shalom, Dan McGlincey
I feel that the Pro-Life movement is a wonderful
organization, however, I feel that they could do
different things that would ultimately save more
My point in writing to you today however is not to
state my views on the topic, but to say that I, as a
practicing Catholic, disagree with your approach. I
think that the idea is novel at best, and not very
reasonable. People can have different ideas, and they
can disagree, but this shouldn't be the basis for
ex-communicating people from our faith.
Rhetoric of this nature does nothing more than
perpetuate negative notions that people outside of the
Catholic faith have about us. This type of 'your with
us or your against us' mind set, is very detrimental
to any organization, and it has NO place in any
In closing, let me state that although your intentions
are clearly decent, perhaps there are other approaches
that could be considered. We should be trying to
truly promote life, and not get bogged down continuing
this political stalemate of Pro-Choice vs Right to
Life. All of that is merely polical garbage that is
clearly getting in the way of what our true focus
should be, preserving un-born lives.
Code of Canon Law spells it out!
The Bishops in a recourse against Catholic politians
in the US Congress that advocate and vote consistently
for pro-abortion civil legislation should proceed
according to the norms of Canon Law in applying
sanctions. These norms are found in Book Six of the
Code. The appropiate "grounds" or charge against these
individuals seems to be canon 750 '2 ("Ad tuendam
fidem, 18 maii anno 1998), inasmuch as voting for
pro-abortion civil legislation entails NOT strongly
holding ("firmiter ... amplectenda ac retinenda ...
moribus ab Ecclesiae magisterio definitive") that
which has been difinitively proposed by the
Magisterium as Catholic morals ("moribus"). The Code
provides for a "just penalty" to be applied (c. 1371
Fr. David Sereno, JCD
Although some type of general letter from the Bishops
as an admonishment (monitum) to the aforementioned
Catholic politicians seems appropiate, in particular,
the "Bishop" to proceed with a prior investigation (ad
procedendum) is the that one where each Catholic
politician resides (c. 1717 ''1-3). Then, that Bishop
must decide how to proceed (c. 1720).
Regarding the content of a "just penalty", one could
consider the taking away (privatio) of any
"privilege" and/or "title", even if that title is
only honorary (c. 1336 '1,20). If a censure
(excomunication or interdict) is considered, the
Bishop must give first the admonishment (monitum), and
this under pain of nullity of the eventual censure (c.
Vatican II and the subsequent post-Conciliar
legislation including the renewed Code has granted
more participation to the laity in the Church. Thus,
it seems time that not only priests but also the laity
be disciplined for their actions that militate against
good order, morals and doctrine in the Catholic
Tough Love is necessary!
I think this list of Herod.s angels is one of the best teaching tools of
defining the real meaning of love, that I have seen on the Internet. Please
do not let the whining of a few people stop you. It is in my opinion an
anointed work of hope and peace.
God bless you in your apostolate
Deacon Ken Finn,
Diocese of San Diego
Nothing to do with abortion?
These are strong words. I disagree with your tactics. Surely you can see
that there is a threat made here? This message that you are sending has
nothing to do with abortion. It has to do with the separation of Church and
State. Let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone and
excommunicate anyone from GOD. Troy V. Harrison, CPT, AV
We need to be vocal to end the bloodshed of abortion!
How brave of you and how right you are in your open letter to the Bishops of
America. The abortion issue needs to be address and we need all Bishops of
this country to state to our fellow Catholics that abortion is so wrong. I
was hoping that they would declare "Mother's Day" a day of Rosary to end
abortion. As Cardinal Sin used the rosary to overturn two corrupt
governments of the Phillipines without bloodshed, our Cardinals should be as
vocal to end the bloodshed of abortion. When our children see our political
leaders advocating "Pro-choice" and going to our public and parochial schools
saying the same thing, they believe these "leaders." Our bishops must do the
Lord's work and not be fearful of the consequences. God Bless you
and continue the work of Jesus.
Tired of hearing about abortion.
Don't you have any other issues to write about other than abortion? Try
writing about the good in God rather than the wrath of God. I get so sick of
hearing about who is going to hell. Sin is sin. I hope you are all very
sure you are going to heaven while you judge and condemn others.
Right on target!
I thank and praise God for you and the great work you are doing through your
website. You are exactly on target, putting the bishops on notice about
their silence in the face of the holocaust of abortion and excommunicating
the pro-abortion murder "catholic" politicians. If the bishops of America
had the smallest spark of courage and prophetic witness of Martin Luther
King, the legal murder of abortion would be a footnote in history--Dead On
Joseph Fazio, East Northport, NY
I am copying each Herod's Hero to my word processor and
will send to their respective bishops for action. Keep up the great work!
You are on the right track.
What an outstanding open letter to the bishops!!!!
Most pro-life Catholics discussed all these things and
were filled with wonder as to how these senators
and congressman can stand up and say "I am Catholic"
and in the next breath say "I support abortion." The Holy Spirit surely
guided that letter.
If you have a comment, you may send it to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org We are presently backlogged up to two months so be patient. Nevertheless, we'd love to hear from you and what you're hearing at the parish level.
March 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 77
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