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June 11, 2007
WCR Letters to the Editor
Altar Boy Gang blasphemous
I was totally appalled of what I read in the WCR about a show that was disrespectful to the Catholic religion (The Altar Boy Gang) ("CBC called on carpet for 'blasphemous' show," WCR, May 28).
I have complained before about religious comic content in their comic shows and of course it gets worse. Those so-called Catholics that say they are Catholics and that the show is funny are a joke.
No true Catholic who has knowledge about their faith would find the content funny. They have hired Muslim Canadian consultants to avoid problems, well you should do the same with the Catholic community.
We should not sit back quietly and let a Canadian public corporation bad mouth our rich Catholic faith. I have started to email CBC and my member of Parliament to voice my complaint.
A public display would bring too much negative attention with bad consequences. But directly contacting the people behind this disgraceful show would be more appropriate and of course banning their sponsors at CBC and letting the sponsors know the reason why, will get them to stand up and listen.
Estrela De Sousa
Suffering allows us to share Christ's passion
Euthanasia, is senseless and inhumane and should be opposed in all its forms ("Euthanasia issue rises again," WCR, June 4).
Our present culture tends to consider suffering the epitome of evil. In such a culture there is a great temptation to resolve the problem of suffering by eliminating it at the root, by hastening death so that it occurs at the moment considered most suitable.
Unfortunately, there exists in contemporary culture a certain Promethean attitude which leads people to think that they can control life and death by taking the decisions about them into their own hands. What really happens in this case is that the individual is overcome and crushed by a death deprived of any prospect of meaning or hope.
In Christian teaching suffering, especially suffering during the last moments of life, has a special place in God's saving plan; it is in fact a sharing in Christ's passion.
The pleas of gravely ill people who sometimes ask for death are not to be understood as implying a true desire for euthanasia; in fact, it is almost always a case of an anguished plea for help and love. True compassion leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.
What a sick person needs, besides medical care, is love, the human and supernatural warmth with which the sick person can and ought to be surrounded by all those close to him or her, parents and children, doctors and nurses.
I urge all Canadians to write or email their MP without delay expressing their disapproval of any effort to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.
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