DAILY CATHOLIC for February 20-22
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no. 37

Getting to the
Heart of the Matter

by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

INTRODUCTION: "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns. This issue she hits home with the headlines today with a direct response to President William Jefferson Clinton to "worry about the beam in his own eye before trying to get rid of the speck in others" in her column An Open Letter to the President!

     Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy@aol.com by e-mail.

An Open Letter to the President!

     The following is the letter which I recently faxed to President Bill Clinton.

Dear Mr. President:
      Iíve been thinking a lot lately about the potential bombing of Iraq and have been mulling over the reasons you have publicly made to justify bombing.

      You indicated that Saddam Hussein has lied, not kept his promise, stalled the investigations, and has killed his own people. Sources indicate that all of the above criticisms are true about Mr. Hussein and are certainly reasons for concern, irritation, and disapproval of his behavior.

      But, also, Mr. President, I couldnít help but find a parallel in your regard. Sir, are you not also guilty of doing the same?

      In an interview with 60 minutes you denied having an affair with Gennifer Flowers and according to the news, you acknowledged having an affair with the same woman when you were present for a Grand Jury investigation.

      When you married Hillary, you PROMISED to be faithful to her and from the testimony of several women, the allegations are that you have NOT been faithful to your marriage vows which before God are serious and binding. Mr. President, a personís private life cannot be separated from the same person who is in public service. The values one holds in private are not different and do not reside in a different "person" who serves the American people.

      You are being investigated in several areas from finance dishonesty to receiving money from foreign countries to possible perjury. It appears in most recent news that you wish to claim Presidential Privilege which gives the impression that you want to place obstacles in the investigations of you.

      And worse of all, Mr. President, though you rightfully decry Saddamís killing of his own people, I invite you to be honest in acknowledging that abortion IS the killing of unborn Americans. Not only do you approve and support the killing of the unborn, but you have stood strongly for the killing of them by having their brains sucked out of their heads through partial birth abortion. This form of abortion, which is particularly cruel and heinous, is performed far more often than you seemed to have wanted to admit.

      Mr. President, you are responsible for the deaths of thousands and thousands of your own people. Unborn children are human beings, too. No woman has a frog for a baby, or a cat or dog.

      My concern is that the same conscience, yours, Mr. President, that condones the killing of defenseless unborn babies, will make further immoral decisions regarding the bombing of Iraq.

      Other countries have weapons of mass destruction and have killed their own people, also. How can you exact virtue from Saddam Hussein, sir, when you yourself have the same failings?

      The USA does not have the same international support now that it did during the Gulf war. The bombing of Iraq could bring about a conflagration which, I trust, is not that for which you hope.

      It appears to the American people that through the problem and potential bombing of Iraq, you are trying to divert attentions from investigations of yourself.

      Pilate did not have the courage not to send an innocent Man to be crucified. But the Man he crucified is remembered far more gloriously than the man who washed his hands of the matter.

      You say, if bombing of Iraq takes place, it is Saddamís fault. No, Mr. President. It will first of all be yours.

      I respectfully and urgently request that you do NOT authorize the bombing of Iraq. The "losers" may extend far beyond that country even to ours. May God be merciful with you, bless and guide you!


Sister Mary Lucy

February 20-22, 1998     volume 9, no. 37
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