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June 14, 2010
WCR Letters to the Editor
Graphic images educate about abortion's reality
In reply to Melissa McCracken about the graphic Genocide Awareness Project at the March for Life in Edmonton on May 13 (WCR letters, May 31).
My experience is different. I have young children also and I think that these graphics are not shown to impress or shock children. They are there for our teens and many adults who think that abortion is no big deal.
The graphics remind some of us, even Catholics, that yes, abortion is snuffing the life of the baby that the woman has in her womb.
I heard a comment during the march. A university student said this: "Wow! This is what abortion is? I will never get one."
The graphics are there for these people who still don't know what abortion is all about. They are not made public for fun or to offend. They are made public to educate.
Some people are visual and they only understand with graphics. Today, most people like TV. Why? Because of the pictures.
I would like to tell Melissa this. Do you ask the convenience stores to take their porno magazines off their shelves so your children will not see them? How do you explain to your children that the convenience stores have magazines that are morally wrong?
Never forget that the graphic people are totally pro-lifers. They are on your side and on mine too. That's why we all March for Life together.
Love, not torture, abides in heaven
Re: "Abuser priests have special place in hell" (WCR, June 7).
How sad and bleak to hear an official of the Vatican say that God has reserved a special place of torture in hell for priests who abused children.
This statement smells more like a repressed reflex of masochism than the refreshing fragrance of the Gospel.
Revelation tells us that God is love and only love. So God will not torture, or burn any one in the fire of hell. God the Creator will recreate the victim and the abuser.
Forget our present standards of blaming, condemning, sentencing, etc. . .
In a new world and a new heaven, Love and Love alone will prevail.
Rev. René Bélanger, omi
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Ohio bishop lauded for excommunicating nun
With respect to the article "Nun excommunicated over decision on abortion" (WCR, June 7).
I strongly congratulate the Bishop Thomas Olmsted for excommunicating Sister Margaret McBride from the Catholic Church.
Anyone who, in any way or under any circumstances, approves of murder via abortion is not religious, loving, caring or compassionate. In truth, it is free-thinkers like Sister McBride who have turned people away from religion and who have caused the greatest of scandals in the Catholic church.
Dr. Paul Byrne, director of neonatology and pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, has stated that he knew of no situations, including pulmonary hypertension, when an abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother.
While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother's life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.
Bishop Olmstead is a real breath of fresh air in Phoenix, not only for Catholics but for all men of good will. May his stay be long and fruitful.
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