Thanks for series on St. Coletta
To the editor:
Thank you for running a series of St. Coletta's articles in the Catholic Herald. My disabled daughter received the best education in the world there. People from many countries observed what methods the sisters at St. Coletta's used to achieve the potential of these disabled people.
We as parents attended the Mass celebrating 100 years of these Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. What an emotional time it was!
Gone are the days of the farm; the nutritious meals it provided; memories of the delicious desserts, the playground, the social events, the programs for the public, the celebration of First Communion and Confirmation. Evidence of these wonderful aged sisters was clear in every way at this Mass.
No "mainstream program" can achieve the potential these sisters provided our children. Under a protective environment these young people learned respect for each other, a faith in themselves, and academics. They learned how to live graciously in the outside world, but most importantly to trust in God. They incorporated our religion in every aspect of their simple lives.
I wish I could hear the homily Sr. Kathleen Hurley presented at this Mass just once more. The aged sisters have accomplished so much for so many in their lifetime. I give thanks for the privilege of knowing these ladies. The former students will always identify themselves with St. Coletta's.
Doris Krueger, Fort Atkinson
Homosexual marriage is wrong
To the editor:
World cultural and legal history has never thought of marriage as anything but one thing: the union of one man and one woman. But just as the abortion proponents want to skip the debate about when life begins and argue about "choice" instead, most homosexual activists want to skip the argument about what marriage is. Instead, they argue about rights or about discrimination.
But the law already severely restricts who can and can't marry. Marriage is restricted by age, by previous marriage status, and by kinship. Marriage performs a crucial function for society. Its purpose is the propagation and protection of children and to conform sexual relationships to morality. Homosexual "marriage" would do none of these things. Homosexual lifestyles are not healthy - physically, emotionally, or morally.
Children are bound to suffer if their parents are part of the homosexual scene. In The Gay Report, by homosexual researchers Karla Jay and Allen Young, the authors report that 73 percent of homosexuals surveyed had sex with boys 16-19 years of age or younger.
It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that legalized homosexual marriage will mean only offering health benefits. In fact the changes will be dramatic: public schools will include texts and materials treating the two types of marriages identically. If you die, your children could be adopted by either a homosexual couple or a heterosexual couple - to prefer one over the other would be illegal prejudice.
Now that homosexual marriage is legal in Massachusetts, it will effectively be legal in Wisconsin, too. Federal precedent protects the status of people who move from state to state. Many argue that marriage laws ought to be a state matter. But a national situation requires a federal response - and it's easier to have one fight at the federal level than to wage 50 battles when losing any one would mean a loss.
What you can do: Call Senator Kohl (608-264-5338), Senator Feingold (608-828-1200), and Representative Baldwin (608-258-9800) and tell them that you are in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment (there will be another vote on the FMA in September) and that you are appalled that the U.S. Senate killed it. Ask what they plan to do to stop this assault on marriage. Pray!
Mary Fabian, Sauk City