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September 28, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Assisted suicide is no solution to suffering
It has been suggested by some that suicide should be categorized not as a sin but rather as an illness.
Suicide cannot be viewed in isolation but rather should be seen as just one way of "treating" an illness; namely, the illness of depression.
In a similar analogy, it is not correct to say that abortion is an illness but rather it is one "solution" to an undesired physical condition; namely, an unplanned pregnancy.
Extending this argument further, death caused by cancer is not an illness but rather is the result of the cancer.
For a doctor to make no attempt to treat a cancer patient if the means to do so exists would be tantamount to declaring that because someone has cancer they are going to die and so, in my view, would constitute malpractice.
In conclusion, neither abortion, death from cancer nor suicide are the unavoidable outcomes of their respective maladies.
Therefore, any medical practitioner who promotes the notion that abortion or suicide are licit outcomes to underlying illnesses is no less guilty of medical malpractice than one who would not treat any other illnesses which could potentially lead to death.
Once a society accepts the idea that assisted suicide is acceptable, we are on the same slippery slope which Germany entered in the 1930s.
In Nazi Germany, the extermination of the Jews was referred to as the "final solution." As a civil society, we must not allow our politicians to pass a law which establishes assisted suicide as the "solution," as an acceptable way to eliminate approaching end of life.
Modest fashion show labelled 'sexy' by reader
The photo on Page 7 of the Sept. 14 WCR ("Fashion, modesty stroll down Pure Exposure runway") shows nothing modest in what that young girl is wearing. The style today is the sexy look.
The WCR should promote modest dress. The young girl on Page 7 looks sexy.
You don't see Mennonites run around in immodest dress. They don't display their bodies at all.
The sexy look is everywhere - breasts hanging out, bums and bellies showing. I see it everywhere, riding on buses and the LRT. Even older men and women run around with shorts on, legs wide open on buses and the LRT.
Catholics even come to Mass with shorts on. When Father John Rose was living, he talked about modest dress at every Mass, no shorts, cutoffs, etc. He had signs put up on the outside of the church.
These sexy looking tight pants, this form of dress, should not be put in the WCR.
Unrelated conclusion from 'faulty logic' faulted
It is certainly acceptable to express criticism with reason. It is always admirable to engage in dialogue with purpose.
But, in my opinion, it is neither acceptable nor admirable (nor Christian, for that matter) to pass judgment with faulty logic that draws unrelated conclusions and condemns good people in the process.
I, like many Albertans, share Pierre Ducharme's concern for the mentally ill and the vulnerable in our society. I, like many others, believe our government has a responsibility to provide for our fellow men and women who need support.
But to make the leap from the discussion on a federal legislator's private member's bill favouring euthanasia to saying that the "Alberta gov't cultivates a culture of death" is illogical and unacceptable (WCR letters, Sept. 14).
Pierre has done a disservice to his community, our Church and a host of people who work tirelessly for the betterment of society.
And as for the role of the WCR, it may be fine to offer a disclaimer saying that the letter-writers' opinions do not necessarily reflect that of the WCR; but to scream headlines uttering such a smearing opinion is irresponsible. Statements and headlines like these make it difficult for me to be Catholic.
Letter to the Editor - 10/05/09
Sweet memories fill a Catholic heart and soul
I remember the first solemn High Mass at Annunciation Parish before the church was built. I remember our mud-caked boots, a symbol of the world we left behind, piled trustingly amidst the confusion of other similar footwear.
I remember how, detached now from all earthly things that tend to cling to us (including prairie gumbo), we would enter the sacredness of the school gymnasium.
On the way, Father MacNeil asked if I would sing in the choir. I had sung in many choirs before, but this evening, I became the first and only lay choir member among a small group of Oblate priests and "Oblate girls."
I remember Easter Vigil in the school gymnasium. The choir had blossomed to include at least a dozen lay men and women under the inspiring direction of Frank McGavoc.
Ed Waelpoel and I were elected to chant the long Latin litany of all our holy ancestors because of our apparent linguistic ability. I remember the chagrin on Frank's face when Ed and I heroically tried to suppress our nervous hilarity midway through the litany because our pronunciation of saints' names differed considerably from time to time.
I remember the lifelong friendship we established with Grace and Collin Churchill. Both our families responded to the call to open our homes to the first native students who entered the Jasper Place School System. It is fair to say that our contact with the people from Alexis had a tremendous influence on our lives.
I also remember the first breath of aggiornamento and the excitement of Vatican II initiated by Pope John XXIII during the early years of Annunciation Parish.
Here, thank God, was proof that the Spirit was alive and well and still dwelling amongst us, even if it did mean the demise of the choir.
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