July 21, 2006

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Are the bishops out of touch with reality?

Are the bishops for real?

Regarding the new Mass texts (featured in an article in the June 23 issue of The Criterion), Bishop Donald Trautman, chairman of the bishop’s Committee on Liturgy, says, “I believe it will affect the liturgical life of every Catholic.”

Are the bishops out of touch with reality? There is a war killing thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. American men and women are being led to slaughter in the war. Homicides have escalated in every major city in this country. Poverty exists everywhere. Children go to bed hungry each and every night in this country.

By the way, thousands of people are without the Eucharist because there are not enough male celibate clergy to staff parishes.

From where I stand, the people in the pews are more concerned about issues of justice and peace. People are more concerned about raising their children in a world without violence. People are more concerned about having a parish to go to and receive the Eucharist.

My opening statement still stands. Are the bishops for real?

- Joe Zelenka, Indianapolis

All are called to care for our brothers and sisters

I was appreciative of the fine article by Mary Ann Wyand that appeared in the July 7 issue of The Criterion on nursing home care and how to “spot” abuse.

The lay population was well served by it, but I must remind everyone that a straw, a cup, a bar of soap and a comb fit in our hands as well as in the hands of the nursing staff.

This is not to diminish the nursing department’s role in giving appropriate, excellent and courteous care in accordance with the legal obligations they have been given and that have been entrusted to them by families of the patients.

But the command of our Blessed Savior Jesus Christ is “when you give a cup of cold water to one of my least” and the hand is not specified, it is yours and mine.

I am a registered nurse with 34 years of experience, and I speak up for nursing—but, of course, for Christ, too!

- Norb Schott, Indianapolis

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