October 2, 2015

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Priest’s support of Kentucky clerk is surprising, Criterion reader says

I was surprised at Father Tad Pacholczyk’s support of Kim Davis’ stance in the Sept. 25 issue of The Criterion. Davis is the clerk in Rowan County, Ky., who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

I can admire Davis for stating her belief, but I also think that she should resign her position if she is unable in conscience to perform her duties as a state employee.

I have been a registered nurse for 50 years, and was employed in that capacity until two years ago. I have baptized fetuses from spontaneous abortions. At one time, I looked at each patient as though I were looking at the face of God.

Luckily enough, I have never worked where my job depended on my participating in aborting a fetus or in euthanizing anyone.

I have cared for physical and emotional abusers, child molesters, adulterers, racists and murderers the same as I would for any patient because of my nursing professionalism. I do know that if any assignment required my turning against my own ethics I would be forced to resign from that employment.

Davis’ depending on her faith to guide her while going against the law is the same argument that slave holders and segregationists used.

- Elizabeth Bennett | Richmond
 

Letter writer missed broader context editorial was meant to convey

In response to the letter in the Sept. 18 issue of The Criterion where the letter writer is sharing her interpretation of John Fink’s editorial in the Aug. 28 issue about divorced and remarried Catholics, I’d like to respond with the following:

Apparently, the letter writer missed the part where the editor emeritus clearly stated his comments were a reflection of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and then went on to explain the whys and wherefores in detail.

A defensive attitude based on one’s personal circumstances tends to promote misunderstanding in the eye of the beholder. In no way was the editorial an “attempt to undo” Pope Francis’ pastoral outreach.

I would suggest the letter write re-read the editorial from the broader perspective it was meant to convey.

- Alice Price | Indianapolis

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