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home : opinions : opinions   April 29, 2016

3/7/2014 1:03:00 PM
Letters to the editor: And more thoughts on photo of 'two men kissing'





In response to J.R. Steele (March 1, 2014):

It appears that you have missed the major point of Fr. Gardner’s letter about the picture of two men kissing which ‘graced’ the front page of the paper.

In no way did he defend any acts of licentiousness not mentioned in his letter. He did not justify any of the acts of a person acting against God, against children or against any other human being. He expressed disapproval to flaunting norms of behavior which thousands of years of human experience have shown to be in its own best interests. Marriage between one man and one woman is the basic family unit because of its provision for the creation, growth, the nurturing and stability and development of children, which are basic and necessary for the survival of the human race.

Just because a vocal, hate-filled minority of aberrant individuals (which sociologists have estimated to be no more than 2 percent to 9 percent of the total population) have screamed about their ‘right’ to have a lifestyle in opposition to the whole, the rest of the whole of our society is demanded to assume an apologetic and slavish posture to adulate their choice. You seem to agree with the minority that if ‘gay marriage’ helps people (justify their own aberrations), it should be allowed and elevated to the ‘new norm.’

Religion is not just to help people live their lives better. That could fly if the only reason for human life is temporal, ending it with death.

As Christians and Catholics, we know this is not the purpose of religion, because we believe life does not end at death. That’s where human life enters eternal life and the choices we’ve made during our lifetimes will determine where we spend eternity. We have a choice: heaven or hell. The purpose of religion in our lives seems to me to be the help we use to make the best choice for eternity. If Catholics or other Christians leave the churches because they don’t like the message, it tends to indicate which choice they’re trying to make. These ‘unchurched’ need our prayers so they may realize what they’re choosing before it’s too late to change their minds.

While you’re reading Jonathan Swift, pick up G.K. Chesterton, too. You may enjoy his views of humanity, and it may open your eyes to even bigger truths.

Marian Schultz,
Peru
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In response to J.R. Steele’s letter: Two wrongs do not make a right!

We can sympathize with you that you experienced being molested as an adolescent, but the priest you took issue with did not participate in that.

We know that evil exists in this world and will wax worse and worse, but we do still have a right to call sin ‘sin.’ We can wink at it all we want but God does not wink at it. The only real measurement of truth is found in the Word of God, the Bible.

We can love the sinner but still hate the sin.

D.J. Wagner,
La Salle










Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Article comment by: JustSaying

I would just like to correct my own previous statement. I am in no way comparing homosexuality to the list of other sins I mentioned. I really just meant that we are all sinners and Jesus died on the Cross for all of us. Sorry if I offended anyone, that was not my intention.

Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Article comment by: JustSaying

If same sex love is a sin and Jesus died on the Cross so that we could be forgiven our sins, then Jesus died on the Cross for homosexuals just the same as liars, cheaters, thieves and those who fail to treat their fellow humans in a Christ-like manner. We are not the judges of the mind of God. Pope Francis himself disagrees with your false moralizing.

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