Another Viewpoint from Readers|
Editor's Note: We have continued to receive beaucoup feedback on our Open Letter to the Bishops and our "Herod's Heroes" series. Below are a sampling of the responses. You'll note they are all positive because we haven't gotten any that disagree with our small voice in the wilderness crying out to stop the madness in the womb for God's sake and the sake of their own souls.
An inspiration to pick up the Rosary
I came upon your website a few months ago and I thank the Holy Spirit for
leading me to you. I am turning 40 this year and have been a Roman Catholic
all my life. I love the Lord and have a great love for the Church He left
us. Many times I have felt alone, but now feel very connected by your site.
You may have joy to know that I have begun saying the Rosary twice daily (to
and from work) because of your article on the holy family [from Front Royal, VA] and their crusade.
I have often wondered how men and women of earthly importance and oppose our
Lord Jesus Christ by their pro-abort actions have not been publicly
chastised by our bishops. My fear is that many of our bishops have been
seduced by wealth and power and their desire to associate with the powerful.
I pray that I am wrong and beg our Lord to forgive me if I am, but I must
admit it does appear to be so. I will continue to pray for these men in my
morning and evening prayer that the Lord my give them the courage to be as
Christ. I beg you to pray for me as I am continuing to pray for discernment
on whether to pursue a vocation to the permanent Deaconate.
Stephen P. Ponichtera
South Africa looking to the USA to exact the moral compass
The good your campaign will do in the USA will certainly have spin offs here in South Africa where we are confronted with the identical problem.
Fr. Walter Ranger, South Africa
At a recent 'symposium' about our government's known intention
to introduce "Euthanasia" laws on the lines of Holland, etc.,
the question came up in discussion about what ordinary
Catholics are to make of the fact that so many Government
members of parliament (ANC, i.e. Socialist and Communist)
like to be known as practising Catholics, but never vote
according to Church teaching and law, on matters that should
be matters of personal, conscientious conviction.
I made the remark that the way the bishops were NOT acting
made it look as if they (the Bishops) considered that "these
men and women do not have soul to save." This was
considered altogether too radical an attitude.
All I can say is that a vast number of the 'ordinary
faithful' do not consider it too radical, but merely an
obvious conclusion from the way the politicians are
permitted to carry on uncorrected.
So naturally we have a vital interest in any movement
that can get going in the USA or anywhere else, giving
voice to the widespread conviction that the infidel
politicians cannot indefinitely be allowed to have it both ways.
Wishing you every success and blessing in this magnificent
initiative, and all the courage and perseverance you will need
to pursue it to the only fitting conclusion.
Irish eyes are crying!
I am sending this e-mail from Ireland, and I fully agree with you. We have
the same problem in this Country with weak Bishops who are afraid to
speak out. All they give us is milk and water, with more water than milk.
as a result the Church in Ireland is in decline.
J.P. Harrington, Ireland
A few years ago we had a referendum on divorce which was carried
by a handful of votes. The Bishops remined silent during the debte
and left it up to each voter to decide. Had they preached the Gospel
the divorce issue would have been defeated. That is one example
I could go on.
I have e-mailed several of the Senators and Congressmen/women
during the past week and will continue to support you in the
God Bless and Your Good Work,
The times are necessary!
If it were not for listserves that keep me psted about Catholic orthodoxy, I would think the CHurch of my youth is dead. At my parish, on Respect Life Sunday, the priest talked about how he wasn't sure we should legislate aagainst abortion. If we did do so, he was not sure that that was morally right. I could hardly believe my ears. I sent an e-mail to the diocesan office (Syracuse New York) but knew it would never reach Bishop Moynihan, a deeply spiritual, orthodox man who is surrounded by a political body of career priests who let virtually no one with similar beliefs get to the bishop.
Piri Taborosi, New York
Ten years ago, I would have totally disapproved of your tactics and would have thought them too fanatical and ineffective. Now, however, we have reached a time in history that nothing less than the most extreme measures can work. It is unfortunate that the sources of the commentaries you have received, alluding to people being judgmental and condemning, have not stopped to do serious scriptural work. In the same Word of God that tells us not to be judgmental, we are told not to cause scandal. My understanding is that when one tells a child something is morally wrong, that is a duty. It is not judging the child, simply inform. The politicians you mention may quite easily be children spiritually; they need to be told what the truth is . They need to be scared that they will loose the Catholic vote if nothing else. I admire your work deeply and hope you will continue to have the courage to continue with it.
Where are the holy Cure d'Ars today?
Dear Prayer Warriors, your open letter supports the statment of The Cure
d'Ars that the road to hell is littered with bishops' miters.
Everyone who can and does exercise the free will gifted by God, can use
their free will to obey the teaching of the Catholic or to disobey the
teaching of the Church. We are given the power, but not the right to
disobey. However, because the Church Militant, by its silence, has left
the scanctioning of disobedient conduct to the Almighty, would this be
construed as a sin of omission? And, if so, will the negligent be called
to account when they enter eternity?
Keep up the good work! God Bless.
Backing from Holy Innocents Reparation Committee
This will be my second Email to you, the first being the one in which I told
you of a prior effort of my Holy Innocents Reparation Committee and my buddy
Dr. Joseph Scheidler to get the Holy Father to declare December 28 a day of
Atonement for Abortion.
Kenneth M. Fisher
If you would so desire, you have my permission to use my name as Director of
both "the Holy Innocents Reparation Committee" and the "Concerned Roman
Catholics of America" on your appeals for support for this effort. I only
wish I had more confidence in its possibility of bringing about change with
our very defficient Bishops. We must do what is right no matter what they do.
I might ad that I once discussed this very problem with the late great Bishop
Austin Vaughan. I actually asked him why he hadn't excommunicated Mario
Cuomo. He told me "Ken I can't, it has to be his Ordinary that does it". If
only he had been the head of the American Bishops!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts.
If you have a comment, you may send it to the editor at email@example.com 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 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 84
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