Cathedral remain downtown
To the editor:
St. Raphael is the archangel who guides. What a perfect angel to have our cathedral named for. Since Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, and downtown Madison is the center of our governmental, business, and social lives, it fits that St. Raphael Cathedral remain downtown and let St. Raphael guide us as we build our society into the new century.
The Catholic Church must have a strong, visible presence in Madison, which is a very diverse community. I believe that by keeping the cathedral downtown we will be able to make the Catholic voice a strong voice, something that has been lost all too often in the past in Madison.
We have been given a once in a life time opportunity to make a very public stand for what we believe in, and we must make the most of this wonderful opportunity by building a new place of worship, fellowship, and study. I pray we will do the right thing and be a very visible and active church in a very active community.
James Curtin, Madison
Don't judge fellow Catholics
To the editor:
In his keynote speech at the June 6 convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Bishop Morneau of the Green Bay Diocese shared these words from James Bacik about Fr. Karl Rahner's understanding of the human person:
"In all his aspects of our lives, we experience both the power of divine grace and the threat of sin and guilt. In our better moments, we hear a call to develop our potential, to deepen our relationships, and to serve the common good. As Christians we believe that God calls us to put on the mind of Christ and to be more responsive to the promptings of the Spirit."
Not long afterwards I read about people applauding the judgmental remarks of a diocesan seminarian in his speech during his university commencement exercises [see June 15, 2006 editorial and June 22, 2006 letter to the editor]. It does not seem to me that applauding remarks that judge the behavior of fellow Catholics can do much to deepen our relationships and serve the common good. Nor do I think it is among the fruits of the Spirit.
Carolyn Heidemann, Lake Mills
Courts jeopardize safety
To the editor:
The church's teachings on capital punishment are outlined in paragraphs 2265-67 of the Catechism. These paragraphs describe a situation, unfortunately, that does not now pertain to the U.S. court system. The judiciary, to put it as charitably as I can, appear to have assumed the role, in too many cases, of advocates for the ACLU, which is pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-criminal, and anti-God.
How can we assume that courts will not take violent career criminals off death row and then put them on furlough where they are free to do rape, mayhem, and murder? We know that the Supreme Court couldn't stop the judicial murder of Terri Schiavo; how can we assume the courts will act to "preserve the common good of society"?
Any discussion about or bills concerning the elimination of the death penalty should and must also address the questions of abortion and euthanasia. To be clear, I'm a very pro-life Catholic who thinks that the innocent should be freed, that violent career criminals should stay in jail, and that punishment can be medicinal if the sacraments are liberally offered to prisoners. They call it a penitent-iary for a reason.
Mark Kimble, Madison
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