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1/18/2013 10:46:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Cartoon not out of bounds for secular newspaper

I have never been an editor of anything, but somehow I’ve always imagined what being an editor of any kind of publication might be like, or at times must be … one big headache. Always under pressure of one kind or other, especially in meeting the daily deadline. I feel sure we “Forum” contributors are at least partly responsible for that headache. I believe a “thank you” is very much the way we should go. So — thank you and anyone who has to do with “Forum” decisions. And while we’re on decisions; bear with me.
The imbroglio over the cartoon slamming the Catholic Church and our current Pope the NewsTribune published a few weeks ago is not out of bounds for a secular newspaper. The way I see it it’s a newspaper’s function to publish the news, in words or graphics, period. The NewsTribune is not a Catholic newspaper; again, it’s a “secular newspaper” of no particular denomination. It conveys news of all kinds, for all kinds of people, even super-sensitive Catholics. Kathryn Lopez’s column is often fraught with Christian/Catholic news, thought etc. A non-Catholic — of whatever stripe — could shout “foul” in her case. It’s like the well-worn phrase: “It’s six of one and half dozen of the other.”
I don’t like to see my faith denigrated, but we’re not the only fish in the proverbial barrel; if a secular newspaper sterilizes its news and graphics it will dry up. We can’t have that; our adversaries have a right to have their differences spoken out as well as we.
The following is a fact, an analogy if you will: My mother (God rest her soul) was Catholic to the core. Every evening after supper the recitation of the Rosary was routine. She and my dad raised 13 of us without going bonkers. Yet the humanity of my mother was quite evident … she was a gossip, big time, but otherwise about as perfect as a mother can be. That’s my point: Newspapers have their weaknesses as we all have; but they shine through with the daily news and graphics; it’s a mixed bag, you can’t have it all.
How’s this for a great ending? “Look up at the Lord with gladness and smile; your face will never be ashamed.”

Aubert Lemrise,

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