July 25, 2008

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were published this week; here is the letter from last week:

Religious brother presents troubling portrayal of hospice, reader says

After reading the [Catholic News Service] article “Defend disabled and unborn with equal vigor, Catholic brother urges pro-life activists” in the July 11 issue of The Criterion, I am writing.

As a 12-year, active St. Vincent Hospice volunteer, I—and many volunteers and employees—take exception to the statements by Brother Paul O’Donnell at a workshop in Arlington, Va. He warned participants about hospice.

Hospice treats everyone with dignity and respect. Patients are kept comfortable, and pain is controlled. They are not deprived nutrition, and are not force fed.

Perhaps Brother Paul should become educated on matters before making ridiculous and untrue statements.

There is a saying: “It is a wise person who knows when to remain silent.”

- Dorothy Sisson, Brownsburg

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