April 6, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Pope gets it right, world gets it wrong
With regard to the thunderous criticism of the pope over hisrecent negative comments regarding the use of condoms for combating AIDS, along comes an unexpected supporter.
As reported bywww.WorldNetDaily.com on March 23, "Dr. Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, told National Review Online last week that despite AIDS activists and media outlets pounding the pope for downplaying the effectiveness of condoms, the science actually supports the Catholic leader's claim."
How could it be that that old, celibate man gets it right again, when so many of the world's leading experts don't?
Out of all the discussion over AIDS prevention and the search for a cure, I have yet to hear the statement, "Follow the money." Surely it must be obvious by now, that for many, the fight against AIDS is both highly profitable and a way to promote an agenda.
Between medical researchers looking for a cure and manufacturers of such "AIDS prevention devices," such as condoms, there is tons of money to be made. These people see the pope as a threat and yet they're the ones who need to be held accountable for the spread of this terrible disease.
Outside of Africa, the largest single group of people contracting AIDS is still homosexual men. Even with the use of condoms, homosexual sex is extremely unhealthy.
Why is it that many of the "experts" are strong proponents of same-sex marriage and of the lie that the practice of homosexuality is normal?
Again, as usual, the pope has got it right, while the world has got it wrong. This man makes me especially proud to be a Roman Catholic. Thank you, Jesus, for choosing him as your ambassador.
Letter to the Editor - 04/13/09
Atheist commentators confused about science
Atheists likeRichard Dawkins believe science supports their faith in God's nonexistence and that believers are scientifically irrational.
When our science was more primitive Dawkins' view might have carried some weight, but as we delve deeper into understanding the truly incredible complex harmony of this reality we find ourselves living in The Case for a Creator, as Lee Strobel titled his 2004 book, becomes difficult to ignore.
Cosmology now knows that the universe appears to have been exquisitely finely tuned in order for stars, planets and us to be able to develop.
This suggests that it was tuned by some enormously intelligent creator for exactly this purpose.
Quantum physics now recognizes that "information" is an essential feature of basic reality, which implies that the kind of conscious mind who is capable of recognizing signals as "information" is also a basic element of reality who permeates everything with his/her knowing.
The more our modern science understands this reality we inhabit, the more it looks like spiritual avatars like Jesus really were receiving revealed truths that were correct but which the science of their time had no way of understanding.
Advanced science seems to be proving ancient religious beliefs, so now we have rational understanding in addition to faith in support of our beliefs.
We finally know enough to be able to see why God must exist, and each new piece of scientific evidence makes the case stronger.
We are evolving, but the fine tuning of our hearts and minds is a spiritual evolution, and I believe that is the purpose for which this universe and we ultimately were created: knowing, understanding and loving creation and creator.
Selfish freedom a barrier to ending AIDS
Regarding the article"Pope confronts Catholic condom conundrum" (WCR, March 23).
While few would compare Pope Benedict XVI to John Lennon, their methods of saving humanity are in some sense similar.
In the 1960s John Lennon pushed for peace with his anti-war sign "War is Over! - If you want it."
His message was meant to convey the simple fact that peace is merely a matter of the people willing it. Obviously, the fact that most nations and individuals are today at war with one another - both on the battlefields and in the courtrooms - indicates that few people really want peace.
Posing as peaceniks, what they really want is their own individual "rights" regardless of the consequences this may have for others.
This same kind of selfish freedom that has historically prevented peace also stands in the way of abolishing the AIDS virus. AIDS can be eradicated tomorrow if, as the pope suggests, people were simply willing to exercise a little self-constraint and practise abstinence and marital fidelity.
Barring this refusal to submit oneself to the natural law, no amount of money or mass influx of condoms to various nations will stop the spread of the deadly virus. On the contrary, it will only aggravate the problem.
Pope Paul VI rightly predicted in 1968 that failure to follow the dictates of natural law on contraception would lead to a lowering of moral standards, a rise in infidelity and promiscuity, a lessening of respect for women and government-enforced limitations on population.
Ours is a time of continual movement which often leads to restlessness, with the risk of "doing for the sake of doing." We must resist this temptation by trying "to be" before trying "to do."
'Callous evildoers' were actually moral Christians
In response to the lengthy, contradictoryletter by John Kloster (WCR, March 16). It is appalling that the editor of a Catholic paper would consider printing it.
Kloster condemns John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as callous evildoers in need of our help. These men were selected with due process by the people who chose them.
They were moral Christians who were compelled to make snap decisions on the problems of our times.
No doubt they made some mistakes - it's human to err - but to accuse them of evil is judgmental and sacrilegious. Evil intent is sheer speculation.
How noble of Kloster to forgive them! Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan are deceased - we pray for the repose of their souls. The criticism of George W. Bush is typical media anti-American sentiment.
There is no mention of the multi-redeeming qualities of these great men. It should be obvious who is really in need of our help.
Rome provides the lead, we should follow
In response to Father Edward Kennedy's letter"Vigorous dialogue sought on Humanae Vitae" from the March 2 WCR.
Father Kennedy indicates the teaching purpose of the Nothing More Beautiful evening was somehow not successful. It seemed to my family, others in attendance who we spoke with and me to be very successful.
All three speakers were eloquent and had well prepared and well supported teachings.
Father Kennedy is right that the agenda was not hidden at all. Why should there have been a hidden agenda?
He states that the Canadian Church responded courageously to Humanae Vitae. I think it is more commonly accepted as a disgrace for the Canadian Church.
The patient and compassionate love of our Lord is more evident from the magisterium than by the hostile rejection of the bishop of Rome's encyclical by the Canadian bishops.
Humanae Vitae was a well-prepared thoughtful response written after much consultation as a response to the world's drift from Church teaching.
The Church's wisdom has been proven in hindsight. When given the choice on direction on important and difficult issues, I will take my lead from Rome.
Father Kennedy seems to think that the Church should base its teachings on popular opinion. He indicates the laity should direct the Church and not the other way around.
The keys of the Church have been handed down in succession from Peter. I would much rather trust the wisdom of the Holy Catholic Church than that of the laity that is struggling, as am I, to lead a holy life.
My wife and I came away from the evening glad that we had attended and feeling encouraged going out and facing a world that does not always affirm our faith.
Don't sit on the fence, follow Peter's teaching
John Zyp's comment (WCR, March 23) congratulating the editor and supporting two priests who are more or less in accord with the Church's teaching could be flattering. However, his comments are not helping us to move towards the truth of our Catholic faith and in line with the teaching of the Gospel.
I want to ask Mr. Zyp if being against abortion and contraception - that is, following the teaching of Humanae Vitae - is being ultraconservative?
As far as I know, the words "conservative" and "liberal" are used and should be used only for politics. In the Church of Jesus Christ, we are for Christ or against him. Period. If you follow his teachings given to us through his Church, we are orthodox, not conservative.
Nobody can pretend to be with Christ and sit on the fence to pick and choose. This is not orthodox. We are orthodox when we follow Peter, our rock, whether it pleases our feelings or our opinions, or not.
St. Paul left his old ideas of power and self-righteousness behind when he decided to follow Jesus. He left the social life of his time and embraced Christianity.
No one should claim to be Catholic and agree with the culture of death and criticize those who follow closely what the Church teaches about it.
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