Letters to the Editor for May 14-20, 2017

Published on May 3rd, 2017 by Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company | 0

Science reflects natural truths, but those truths can be exploited Re: “Faith and science” (Editorial, May 7-13). I certainly am no scientist and did poorly in my science courses in high school and college, with the exception of biology, in which I was fairly competent. I agree that because a new human being comes into existence at the moment of conception/fertilization, that “it must follow that science should respect embryos as human beings.” However, the unfortunate reality in our culture is that there is no such mandate. My high school physics teacher, a Marianist religious brother, was very well-versed in the field, but he pointed out that while scientific knowledge was neutral, how it was implemented was not. He explained that technology could distort scientific facts and that such knowledge could be used in immoral ways. — Tim Donovan, via online comments First Commandment Re: “The Ten Commandments” (In Focus, March 26-April 1). A discussion of the First Commandment of God should have included the fact that more than 3 billion people on earth worship false gods. Having in mind that God “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth” (1 Tm 2:4), one finds it difficult to understand how this great number of people could be saved. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross and of the martyred saints who roamed the world spreading the Gospel seem to have been stymied by the fact that people who worship false gods have increased. — Reynaldo O. Yana , Saipan Imprisonment Re: “Prison system” (Letters to the Editor, May 7-13). Thank you, Father Gordon J. MacRae, for advising us of this great tragedy. Although the entire story of imprisonment is somber, for myself, I appreciate that you’ve informed us of the great injustice of ICE deportation. Things are bad enough that people like you are being punished for pleading innocent, now this story of ICE. God help us. We are a confused nation who got even more confused when we kicked God out of schools. — Helen Tangradi, via online comment Witness of faith Re: “Model of joy and faith” (Taking Note, May 7-13). Thank you for writing such a beautiful tribute. I wish I had known her, but feel like I do just a little thanks to you. — Angela Pellerano , via online comment Divine Mercy Re: “‘Jesus, I trust in you’: Stories of Divine Mercy” (In Focus, April 23-29). I was blessed by an uplifting confessor on Mercy Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, and would like to thank him and all of our priests. — Michael McCready , via email Top-Viewed Articles The most popular stories on OSV.com this week included: 1. Faith-filled business leaders witness to success (News Analysis, May 7-13) 2. Model of joy and faith (Taking Note, May 7-13) 3. The meaning of Fatima: 100 years later (In Focus, Jan. 1-7) 4. Do animals go to heaven? (News Analysis, Jan. 4, 2015) 5. Young people are leaving the Faith. Here’s why (In Focus, Aug. 28, 2016) 6. What every Catholic needs to know about funerals (In Focus, Oct. 9, 2011) 7. Figuring out God’s will for you right here, right now (Faith, April 30-May 6) 8. Top 10 Catholic cities, USA (In Focus, June 2, 2013) 9. Katharine Drexel shrine to close at year’s end (News Analysis, April 23-29) 10. Catholic scientists discuss faith’s role in work (News Analysis, May 7-13)