Letters to the Editor

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Out of touch

Editor:

(Sen. Nancy) Pelosi is out of touch with her Catholic Church and America.

In last week’s article, she said: "Decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government."

While it is true that government should not decide if a woman should have a child, it is not true that the woman is not already with child.

As a practicing Catholic, she thinks no one knows when life begins! Evidently, this is also above her pay grade. It is certainly not above the Catholic Church’s pay grade and the moral and rational capacity of most Americans.

She said, "I have a sort of serenity" about receiving Communion and said she hoped U.S. bishops would not use the refusal of Holy Communion as a way of punishing Catholic politicians. She also said, "Think of that word Communion, that which brings us all together as Christians, as Catholics." These so-called Catholic politicians have a lot to learn. I do not think Pelosi even believes in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. U.S. bishops should deny (her) Holy Communion since Pelosi and those like her are already not in communion with the Catholic Church and are committing public scandal.

Bob Armstrong

Wildwood

Productivity

Editor:

It is time for CEOs to earn their money, (to) be responsible for their companies and organizations, the good and the bad. Make them work and show productivity. There are people starving and have no roof over their heads, and it makes me sick to my stomach to think the money that has been thrown at them (the companies) for failure.

Kay Wortman

St. Charles

Letters

Reasons for decline

Editor:

In the editorial in the March 7 St. Louis Review ("Where are the other nine?"), I read that the decline in membership in the Roman Catholic Church ("7.5 percent in the United States") is "a new phenomenon in the U.S. Catholic community."

Two possible reasons were cited for the decline: "the Church’s role in clergy sexual abuse failings" and the "increasing secularization of our society."

Both reasons may indeed be factors, even though the sex scandals have been public for only eight years and the secularization of our society didn’t accelerate, if memory serves, until the unveiling of color TV and the Mass in English.

I don’t think color TV chased off any more Catholics than its black-and-white predecessor. But when the priest at Mass became a "presider" in a chair at the side of the altar — the better to observe the laity in all their new roles — that relegation may have affected both our membership and our priests.

I wonder if there are any studies confirming or denying a correlation between the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass and the decrease in Church membership in the United States in the last 40 years.

Donal F. Mahoney

Charlack

Kids and Mass

Editor:

Thank you for printing the "Dear Father" column from Father Matthew Mitas regarding crying children at Mass (March 7).

As the mother of a blended family of seven children, we have had our share of crying infants at church. I completely agree with sitting "down front." It may feel a little uncomfortable, but the kids can see what is going on. And when the children were babies, we took them out if we couldn’t comfort or control the crying.

It is hard being a parent today. Some parishioners think children should more or less banned until they can control themselves. But how can they learn if they are not exposed? They are just as much part of the Body of Christ as are the adults.

My only complaint is those who absolutely won’t take their uncontrolled crier out briefly or who bring noisy toys to church, causing resentment from others.

I say, bring on the kids! We need them.

Linda Campbell

Ballwin

Receiving Communion

Editor:

Two people wrote in (Feb. 29) about receiving Communion in the hand. As a eucharistic minister, I feel I must throw in my two cents.
While I too, am humbled by many of the communicants, their devotion and respect leaves a lot to be desired. Some come up with their hands nearly on the floor, they are held so low. I sometimes don’t know if they are receiving on the tongue or in the hand. Others stand so far back I feel they must be afraid that I will bite.

Sister told us in school that when we received Communion in the hand to hold our hands one atop the other. If right handed, the left was on top; that way we used our right hand to pick up the Host and place it in our mouth.

She told us to make sure our hands were clean. She also told us to hold our hands just below where Father held the ciborium, out in front of our body so there was no doubt as to our wishes. Sister Mary Brendan, you should not have retired!

When I was an altar server we had a plate to hold under the receiver’s chin to catch any Hosts that missed the mark. How I wish we had those today. I personally have never dropped a Host. I have had many near misses, so a little insurance would be nice.

Robert Miller

Wright City

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