January 14, 2022

Letters to the Editor

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

Reader: Column, stories on National Eucharistic Congress and Synod of Bishops are greatly appreciated

Thank you for featuring the column “Sexual atoms and molecules” by Father Tad Pacholczyk in the Dec. 3 issue of The Criterion. His essay offers clarity and understanding of the Church’s teaching. It is a piece that should be sent to all teachers of religion in the archdiocese.

Also, thank you for the story concerning the excitement of the bishops in the U.S. about the eucharistic revival, which will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress hosted by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on July 17-21, 2024. Will we also be reading about their excitement for the Synod of Bishops that will occur in October of 2023 as Pope Francis urges?

I hope so because I question how the two can be separated.

- James Hellman | Terre Haute

Reader: Wearing masks, social distancing must be reinstituted, including during Mass

The hospitalizations and serious cases of COVID in central Indiana are rapidly growing again as we face winter weather and the advancing delta and omicron variants.

Many hospitals are above capacity. In our archdiocese and parishes, we must  respond quickly to protect the human lives we so value by helping to arrest the spread of the virus and its terrible effects.

Our parishes, where many people gather, must reinstitute more stringent practices, including masking and social distancing rules, as were in place during prior months.

Pope Francis has urged all people to get vaccinated as an act of love. That applies to other measures necessary to help protect ourselves and those around us by wearing a mask and social distancing in public gatherings, including while at Mass.

It is indeed an act of love.

- Eric Boes | Indianapolis

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