Mike Hoey wrote a very good article on marriage ("The marriage crisis no one is talking about," Missouri Catholic Conference Messenger, August), but failed to include our greatest weapon against the attacks on holy matrimony and the family. I was brought up with the understanding that there were three main vocations in life: religious, married and single. While I frequently hear prayers for an increase in religious vocations, I almost never hear prayers for holy matrimony or singles.
The article about Antonio French ("Alderman French links activism to Catholic education," Aug. 25-31, page 14) appears to conclude that Mr. French's Catholic education is more important than his lack of involvement in the Church. At our first school parents' meeting last week, I told them they must bring their children to church and not just attend school. After all, going to church is a Commandment! You publicly praised a fallen-away Catholic and tangentially validated all other fallen-away Catholics. What is a priest to do?
I have been reflecting upon recent articles written on the subject of abortion. It occurred to me as ironic that pro-lifers and pro-abortionists alike frequently use the same language when discussing what an abortionist does to a human being. Abortionists often are referred to as "providers." The act of abortion is called "a procedure" that is "performed." Recently I even saw abortifacient drugs described as "providing a service." In other words, we commonly use euphemistic language when referring to abortion.