It is time to take a stand and speak up for our children. It's time for us to pay attention to what has happened to us in the past 60 years. First, they came for our unborn. Birth control became socially acceptable, abortions were legalized and two generations of children were never born.
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The article in the Jan. 25 WCR that appears outside of the paper's mandate, "Insects may play a key role in halting climate change," is disturbing. The examples cited, where humans have consumed insects are portrayed as everyday staples. This is a myth; it was more likely out of desperation.
During the past six months the Edmonton Catholic school board has been engaged in producing a policy to ensure children whose sexual identity is not congruent with their anatomical sexuality can feel safe in district schools. The board and individual trustees have been subjected to a good deal of scrutiny and a degree of criticism in the policy development process. Most scrutiny and criticism has been well balanced but, as can be the case with complex emotional matters, some has not been helpful.
I read Father Ron Rolheiser's article's on Christian-Muslim dialogue on violence (WCR, Dec. 7). I was impressed with its overall message, as it appears to me that there is tremendous anti-Muslim prejudice in our society. It is difficult to listen to rants from people (including practising Christians and Catholics) blaming the very people who have been displaced by war by extreme Islamists.
Re: "Muslims are the first victims of Islamic terrorism." by Fr. Ron Rolheiser (WCR, Dec. 7). "Is Islam a religion of peace?", Cardinal Ratzinger answered, "Well, we can say that there are elements of peace within it." Rolheiser's column missed Pope Benedict's nuance.
As Christmas approaches, I have been hunting for spiritual decorations as family gifts. It has been enlightening and a bit upsetting to find only a handful of items in any of the several stores through which my husband and I have searched. Of course, I have encountered a shocking number of references to the fact this "season" is all about the family and, no, they are not referring to the Holy Family.
I was exceedingly pleased to learn Pope Francis has canonized a married couple (WCR, Oct. 26). Even so, it tends to reinforce the idea that "even married people" can go to heaven - something that is not self-evident given that the vast majority of saints recognized by the Catholic Church have been ordained persons.
The horror of slashing an unborn child to death with the goal of harvesting human tissue and organs is an act that could only have been conceived in hell. Yet, the public outcry to the Planned Parenthood scandal of selling pieces of the aborted child has been nominal at best. Instead, we hear the dead silence of apathy.
October is the month dedicated to the holy rosary in the Catholic Church. A holy rosary a day keeps the devil away.
In the Aug. 31 WCR, Celia Paz poses an important question to moral theologians. Why does the Church insist on the permanence of all marriages, even those that give rise to regrettable evils like physical and emotional abuse? The question deserves an answer.