The Catholic Church should accept the facts of real life
The Earth is not flat. This fact was not accepted by the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Today, the church is struggling to accept the fact that some priests sexually abuse young boys. This fact came to light in the early 1990s when a priest living in a parish in Louisiana was found to be sexually abusing poor, young boys.
The story was the focus of an article in Vanity Fair magazine. Sometime later, a movie was made describing these events and the lawsuits filed by parents of some of these children. The occasions of sexual abuse of children by priests expanded to include dioceses throughout the U.S. and subsequently, other countries. Here is another fact the church is in extreme denial about: Most Catholics of child-bearing age, married and unmarried, practice some sort of birth control. Catholic women who become pregnant seek abortions for a variety of personal reasons. The church’s stance on birth control is unenforceable.
In today’s society, both father and mother must work just to support their family. It is unfortunate that the Catholic Church does not accept the struggles that exist in the homes of most Catholic families. Until the church accepts the realities of family life today, it will continue to lose parishioners.
Faith is a belief in the love of God, and a Christian is a follower of Christ. These are the two main concepts that the Catholic Church should focus on today.
Catholics need a place where love and compassion encompass them on Sunday mornings, not a place where they are constantly reminded that they are sinners.
For animals, it can be a cruel, cruel world
In response to Gina DeNofa’s letter in the Feb. 1 edition about a homeless cat (Are people that heartless?), unfortunately the answer is yes.
My husband and I have found ourselves in similar situations as Gina’s sister Angela. Fortunately, there are people like us who do not turn an eye or a heart from an animal in distress and in need of help. We have assisted and given a warm and loving home to lost or abandoned cats who have lived in harmony with our dogs. They in return gave us their warmth and love.
We need to remember there are kind and sensitive people just as there are callous and insensitive ones.
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Thank God for people like Gina’s sister. God bless her. People who would chastise a poor starving animal are more of an animal than the animal itself. But yet, their bellies are full and they have a warm bed to sleep in. It makes me sick.
The world is full of heartless, inhumane people. These poor creatures of God who are less fortunate with no home have to find shelter from the rain, cold and snow, and survive by finding their meal in a Dumpster or wherever.
Many don’t, and starve to death. I’m 72 with many medical issues, but I still do rescue work with my friend Sheila. It gives us the greatest peace of mind knowing that the less fortunate have food, medical attention and outdoor shelters we supply, that they have a place to lay their heads on a cold night.
To all you heartless people with a home and food, wake up! One day you may be homeless, and without food, also!
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People have created this overpopulation of homeless domestic animals. What makes matters worse is that some of us ignore and ridicule a helpless animal reaching out for help. For the people who saw the cat Pepe and did nothing, how heartless can you be? Where is your compassion?
The next time you go home to a warm house with food on your table, think about Pepe, who was cold and starving to death. This could have been one of your pets that got lost. It took one very special person to help this animal in need.
I myself feed stray cats at work and outside my back yard. I even paid to have some fixed. I do this because they need my help.
I believe that a good person takes care of people; a great person takes care of people and animals.
Homosexuality is not a felony
In regards to Mr. Garber’s letter to the editor, Stop the madness!, in the Feb. 1 Northeast Times, to lump same-sex marriage in with murderers, child molesters and the like is really absurd. Maybe he thinks, like all these other criminals, it is something that is a choice and premeditated to be homosexual. And it’s that kind of thinking that keeps this country in the Dark Ages with respect to who we choose to spend our lives with.
We don’t have to agree with or embrace everyone’s choice of partner, but at the end of the day, why would you even care? Do you feel that it will undermine heterosexual marriages (of which I’ve been in for 34 years)? Are they doing so well at an over-50-percent divorce rate?
Homosexuality has been around as long as humans have existed, and maybe if people opened their minds up a little more, it wouldn’t be mentioned along with major felonies.
Politics as usual? Not with John McCann
For those of you that don’t know me, I am running for state representative in the 169th Legislative District, as a Republican. I grew up locally, attended St. Dominic grade school, Father Judge High School, Princeton University and Temple Law School.
I’ve been teaching the youth of our society for 11 years and have been a staunch supporter of middle-class values and an active union member my entire career. I take pride in these facts because all of them will help me be the best possible representation of our neighborhoods.
Over the years, inefficient tax structures and a scattershot approach to fixing public education have led to the slow and steady exodus of our neighbors to communities in Bucks County, New Jersey and beyond.
They didn’t leave because they wished to pay far more property taxes, or burn more gasoline in their commutes. They left because the neighborhoods stopped providing close proximity to good jobs. They left because schools disintegrated before their eyes. They left because local government stopped prioritizing growth and instead prioritized their own re-election campaigns.
I’m running for state representative because I represent the future. I represent the young family that chooses to make their home here, as I did in East Torresdale.
I represent the hard-working adults who choose to live here despite a long commute to work. I represent the union men and women who demand more, deserve more and expect more from their employers. I am you.
We can create a bold, new future. It won’t be easy, but rest assured, it will be my top priority.
Together, we will incentivize the return of quality jobs and businesses to our district. Together, we will keep the college graduates in our area. Together, we will insist upon quality education for our children and get it. Together, anything is possible. I am not a politician. I am a man who is tired of seeing his neighborhood slowly decline and I am a man committed to using my experiences, education and willpower to see us succeed, together.
Don’t hope for change and follow the same pathway toward gradual loss. DEMAND change and trust in me to take the 169th district to new heights.
Mr. McCann is an eighth-grade civics teacher in Princeton, N.J. and active member of the New Jersey Education Association.
How to make juvenile offenders thank us
The two youths who beat a Vietnam veteran nearly to death in January were recently sentenced to four years detention. In four years, this veteran will still have the effects of his injuries, and these guys will be back out on the street — no scars, no pain. Apparently under a plea agreement, this was the maximum the judge could impose.
And what will the four years be like? Watching TV, lifting weights and playing asketball? And learning more crime skills from other inmates that they’ll brag about when they get out.
We need to rethink violent-crime ldquo;detention.” Inmates should be required to work every week at real jobs, cleaning graffiti, boarding up houses, planting gardens, earning restitution for their victims. Put them in leg chains if necessary, and make sure all the street thugs see their own future.
The rest of their time will be in prison school, earning a high school diploma or trade skill. No television, no basketball, nothing — unless you excel in school.
On Sundays, all inmates must attend a religious service of their choice, and atone. Oh, the liberals will hate that one.
You know what? If this strict routine were followed, I bet these kids would come out of jail four years later — and thank us.
Help the victim — Proceed with justice
Regarding last week’s story, Hearing postponed in scam-artist case: What is wrong with the DA’s office? So Sandra Anderson has chipped in all of another $1,000 restitution and now has reimbursed her victim the grand total of $9,000 out of the $57,000 she allegedly stole, and she gets yet another postponement of her preliminary hearing (which is not even a trial)?
Where’s she getting the money from, anyway? My guess is that she’s scamming Peter to pay Paul. If Assistant District Attorney Tracie Gaydos is so concerned with her office’s top priority of getting the victim’s money back, her office should give the victim the rest of his money and have Anderson reimburse them. Meanwhile, give repeat-offender Anderson her hearing and put her on trial, which ought to have nothing to do with any restitution she makes.
Howard J. Wilk
Gasoline games have this reader fuming
A month ago or so some pipsqueak in Iran made a calculated, saber-rattling idle threat about closing the Strait of Hormuz, and within a month or so the price of gasoline has shot up about 40 cents a gallon in this country.
Yet when the massive BP crude oil leak disaster happened and lasted throughout the height of the summer driving season two and a half years ago, gas prices didn’t budge an inch.
What’s wrong with this picture?
How long do you think it would take for the Sunoco oil refinery in South Philly and the other ones in Marcus Hook, Trainer and elsewhere to be snapped up by Big Oil if President Obama announced that the U.S. government was taking them over, saving hundreds of employees from the unemployment benefits rolls (anathema to the far right) and refining oil partly from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve into gasoline to be rationed out at the scores of now-shuttered gas stations throughout the Northeast at 60 to 70 cents less per gallon than the going price fixed by the crafty, colluding monopolistic moguls of the Big Oil cartel? My guess would be about three hours.
Of course, we could count on the staunchly anti-government, radical right-wing cranks and yahoos of talk radio immediately screaming bloody murder about unfair competition, socialism, communism, Marxism, statism, Satanism, etc., etc. — any old “ism” will do — just as they did when the U.S. government bailed out the nation’s auto industry and averted an economic catastrophe not so long ago.
I hear General Motors is back to being No. 1 among the world’s auto manufacturers. I wonder why.
Pocono raceway memories
Reading the article in the Feb. 1 edition about Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the man who built the Pocono raceway, brought back memories of years ago.
I had a house in Indian Mountain Lake that was not far from the racetrack. The day after the first race was over, we went to see what the track was like. When we got there, nobody was around and the gates were open.
We had our children and my brother-in-law’s children. When they went in, they looked under the stands, and by the phones they found about $20 in dropped coins.
Our wives went to the top of the stands to the broadcast booth and found a fridge with a cold barrel of beer. We sat down and enjoyed a glass of beer and watched our children run around the track. It was a very adventurous day.
John F. Rauchut
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