August 29, 2008

Letters to the Editor

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An open letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after her misstatements about life on ‘Meet the Press’

Dear Madam Speaker,

As a lifelong Catholic, I understand and respect that each of us are at different stages in our individual faith journeys.

However, I am greatly offended by your gross misrepresentation of Catholic beliefs about how life begins at the moment of conception on “Meet the Press” on Aug. 24.

If you are unsure of the commentary I am referring to, here is a link to a “YouTube” video to refresh your memory:

I am truly, truly saddened if indeed your commentary is an accurate reflection of your personal beliefs. If so, I invite you to review the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph #2270, in particular.

It is not my position to pass judgment on you. However, I do believe it is my responsibility to point out that your words are contrary to the teachings of our Church and may lead astray those who are not firmly grounded in their faith.

I normally don’t write or get too involved with politics, but this time I felt I had to take a stand.

Therefore, as a practicing Catholic and a citizen of the United States, I respectfully request a public apology or at least a statement that you are speaking as an individual and not as a representative of the Roman Catholic Church.

- Jose Lardizabal, Greenwood


Letter to the editor, column reflecting on ‘Humanae Vitae’ are appreciated

I would like to respond to the letter to the editor by Al Scheller of Elizabethtown (“If we are to turn America around, we must change our wicked ways”) which appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of The Criterion by simply saying, “Amen!”

I would also like to say how much I appreciated Father Peter Daly’s column, “Forty years after ‘Humanae Vitae,’ ” in the same issue.

If that doesn’t make one think about the modern age of sexuality, I don’t know what will.

Thank you for printing both of the above.

- William L. O’Bryan, New Albany

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