No apology is needed for this Catholic
Regarding the letter in the Feb. 29 edition from deacon John Hynes (Apologize or paper goes in the bird cage): I feel the Northeast Times has always presented both sides of current issues in a fair manner. Your editorial about the late Cardinal Bevilacqua did not offend me.
It is time for Catholics to open their eyes. The church has hid the truth on many moral and financial facts. What I see going on now within the church is heartbreaking.
The officials who were responsible for withholding information about the sexual abuse should step forward. Monsignor William Lynn is being used as a scapegoat. He did what he was told to do. Most scandals do have a scapegoat — history has taught us that.
As for the ongoing trial, it seems the judge and district attorney all have higher political ambitions.
I will continue to read and value the opinions presented in the Northeast Times. We are all capable of drawing our own decisions.
The deacon does not speak for this Catholic. His threat of a financial backlash for the editorial is sad. This world has seen enough bias, discrimination and hate. Let the truth speak for itself. Let God be the final judge. Thank you for having the courage to place the editorial in your paper.
Thanks for the spotlight on the Free Library
On behalf of the Friends of Holmesburg Library, a huge thanks to reporter John Loftus and the Northeast Times for the engaging and inspiring series of features spotlighting the important and valuable work of the Free Library of Philadelphia, one of the most treasured institutions in our city.
Libraries and their dedicated staff change lives by providing free and accessible resources and by fostering a lifelong love of learning.
As a library patron and friend, volunteer Free Library of Philadelphia Friends groups at www.libraryfriends.info support the Free Library and are stewards of our free and equal access to information.
Many of the community programming at Northeast Philadelphia library branches highlighted in the Northeast Times include programs funded by Friends.
Friends groups have sponsored computer workshops; job skills and resume writing workshops; summer reading programs; interactive science, music, arts and crafts; and literacy activities for children, teens and adults.
Due to cuts to the free library’s budget over the past few years, Friends volunteers work in partnership with branch librarians to raise community awareness of the library’s services and resources; advocate for sufficient funding for libraries from the city and state; organize fund-raisers to support collection development and programming; and ensure that these treasured institutions remain open, as we successfully did back in 2008.
We encourage folks to stop into their local branch library to not only benefit from the incredible resources provided but to ask about participation in their local library Friends volunteer group.
We look forward to seeing many new “Friends” at Northeast Philly library branches, including branches spotlighted in the Times’ series and at Holmesburg, where dedicated volunteers are planning an exciting spring menu of free community programming to benefit our neighbors.
Join us for our next meeting at Holmesburg Library this coming Monday at 6:30 p.m., and visit our new Facebook page for more information.
Karen D. Lash
President, Friends of Holmesburg Library
John Perzel deserves a light sentence
After reading Mayer Krain’s letter last week (Will Perzel get a slap on the wrist?), I just sat with a smile on my face.
He was so upset with John Perzel not being in jail. He thinks it may be because he is a Republican. I’m wondering if Mayer is upset because he is Democrat.
If John gets a light sentence at his hearing next Wednesday, I for one, will not be a complainer.
Perhaps my memory is a bit longer than some. I remember all the good he did for us in Mayfair, especially for us senior citizens. If I wanted or needed something that John had the power to do, all I had to do was ask.
Our beloved doggie park is not so beloved anymore
I am reaching out to you, my community, friends and neighbors, because I need your help!
I have lived in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia for the last 11 years. Around the corner from me is the Lawncrest Recreation Center that I go to quite often.
The residents in the area were involved and worked hard on implementing a pet park; their hard work paid off when the Lawncrest Recreation Center was kind enough to offer pet owners a “pet park” for our dogs to run and play around in.
Recently, in the last few months that I am aware of, there has been a major problem: every morning between the hours of 8 and 8:20 a.m., there is a woman who comes to this dog park, which is fine, but she feels the entire dog park is hers and anybody who comes in there, she yells at them to leave, or she makes racial slurs, and tells them that this is her park and they can come back when she leaves.
She has also made statements like, “You people don’t even clean up your properties.” What does that mean? What does this have to do with people wanting to come into the dog park? She has even gone so far as to call a man who tried to come in there, “a N*****.”
This is very disturbing and upsetting. A lot of great friendships have formed from us having a dog park, but most importantly, it was a place where our dogs could run and play freely without the threat of them getting hurt from moving vehicles or being in the way of the kids playing at the park as well.
A lot of my friends and neighbors have stopped going to the park because of this woman. She and her dog are no better than anybody else wanting to go there.
She should be brought out into the public eye. She needs to know as a resident in this community, this will not be tolerated or accepted by the good people of Lawndale.
A friend of mine reached out to the Lawncrest Recreation Center, which was aware of the woman, but nothing has been done. This is being totally ignored and is not a priority for anyone except the neighbors in this community, who are upset and outraged that we have someone who still believes in racial discrimination — which Martin Luther King devoted his life to fighting.
Good people all over still stress today and never forget Dr. King’s dream of a world filled with equality for all and where people are not judged for the color of their skin or ethnic background.
The problem at the dog park has to stop. If something isn’t done about this situation it could get extremely worse. Please help us return to the “dog park” and enjoy a peaceful, fun-filled environment like it once was.
Catholic hierarchy and culture of death
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been criticized recently by pro-lifers for allocating funds to Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions there. This may shock many Catholics, but there are striking similarities between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
American Life League, a pro-life watchdog organization, has reported that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has been funneling money into many non-Catholic “community organizing groups” throughout the country that help promote the pro-abortion and homosexual agendas. These community activist groups also played a major role in helping elect pro-abortion President Barack Obama. One such group, the infamous ACORN, received $7.3 million from the CCHD.
The scandal gets worse when you consider that only 10 of the 181 U.S. bishops severed ties with the CCHD. Archbishop Chaput wasn’t one of them, and while recently claiming Catholics were betrayed by Obama’s health care mandate, his response to the CCHD scandal was, “I think people can contribute to the collection without worrying that they are supporting causes that conflict with church teaching.” Other bishops have borrowed the sort of weak arguments that you might hear from the Komen Foundation.
Like most of the Catholic Church today, the CCHD has become ecumenical or really not Catholic at all.
As Catholics, we might want to watch what our bishops do, not what they say. If we do that, I think we’ll discover that the Catholic hierarchy is not in a battle with the so-called “culture of death” but a big part of it.
Don’t be blinded by Obama’s charisma
To letter writers Howard J. Wilk and Maryanne Misnik (Letter about kids’ lunches was hard to digest, March 7 edition): There are two things that frighten me about you two. The fact that you do not see what is happening with this administration, or you agree with the Socialist, Marxists in power. Both very scary.
I guess since Mrs. Obama gave up her license to practice law, she has become a nutritionist. It is one thing to suggest health alternatives, but to force them on us is very un-American. You don’t see your liberty rapidly vanishing? Pity.
America has made mistakes, yes. I don’t want slavery either, Maryanne. But the slavery that is being imposed upon us now is no better. Try researching the “czars” that are dictating policy. Research Mr. Obama. Try vetting him. Lord knows, the media didn’t and won’t.
I never said his wedding and schooling were bogus, Mr. Wilk. I only wondered why not one person has come forward with any information on either. Try and find out why Mr. Obama, or rather, George Soros, has spent millions keeping his school records hidden.
As I said earlier, you are blinded by the false charisma this man throws at you. Open your eyes. Like the old saying, “There are none so blind as those that WILL not see.” God help us!
The candidates are lost in space
Sometimes it’s almost humorous listening to these clowns make fools of themselves. Mitt Romney, who is a 1 percenter, wants to talk about creating jobs. All his interests are overseas. All he does here is buy companies and bankrupt them. That’s creating jobs?
Rick Santorum can’t get away from religion long enough to say anything productive. All they can do is complain about anything that pops into their heads.
I love the fact that all these white men feel they have the right to tell a woman how to live her life. To show how smart their tea party supporters are, one of them actually complained that Michelle Obama wants our children to eat healthy foods. How dare she. Sometimes you just want to knock on their heads and say, “Hello, is there anybody in there?”
What was the accused priest thinking?
I wish to address the issue of the priest from St. Timothy parish, the Rev. Patrick McCormick, who was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute (St. Timothy priest tried to hire hooker; police say; March 7 edition).
I am a volunteer patient escort at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Comly Road. Father McCormick would regularly appear there on the first Saturday of each month as part of a street demonstration to protest the services offered by the clinic. He encouraged fellow protesters to harass patients entering the facility for care. I wonder what thought processes allow for such hypocrisy.
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