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Honor our Jewish roots Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

As we honored Saints Peter and Paul recently, it dawned on me that our entire earliest Church was Jewish. God chose Mary, a Jewish woman, to bring Jesus, a Jewish man/God, into the world. Jesus and Mary were not Irish, German, or Swiss.

If God so honored the Jewish race, we should at least talk about and honor our Jewish roots and how important they are to our Christianity. We are all God’s children.

Michael Murphy, Madison

Responding to call to protect God's creation Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Thank you for your editorial "Taking Care of Creation" on May 29. We do indeed need to take the time to treasure nature and give God thanks for the gifts he has showered upon us. We must also find ways to respond to Pope Francis' call to safeguard God's creation.

I am encouraged by recent actions taken by Catholic hierarchy. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences held a joint symposium at the Vatican in May on "Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility." Pope Francis is working on an encyclical on the issue to be published before the UN's climate change summit in Paris in December 2015 or sooner. The U.S. bishops sent a letter in support of strong EPA regulations to reduce carbon pollution on May 29.

Our challenge now is how we, the Church, respond to this call to protect God's creation. Our prayers, study of Church teachings, assessment of reports, resource conservation, and advocacy for policy changes -- all are greatly needed.

Trudi Jenny, Madison


Knowing difference between just and unjust laws Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

What is a just law? In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had passed in the Senate by a vote of 85-14 and in the House of Representatives by a vote of 342-67.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down a major portion of DOMA, which has led to an onslaught of federal judges striking down DOMA laws in many states, including Wisconsin. Which action was just?

In 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a letter from his Birmingham jail cell in which he talked about just and unjust laws. The great civil rights leader quoted from St. Augustine, “an unjust law is no law at all.”

It’s soil, not dirt Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jun. 05, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

I enjoyed your editorial on “Taking Care of Creation” in the May 29 issue of the Catholic Herald.

However, I was sorely disappointed when, in the fourth paragraph, you referred to soil as  “dirt”  (“ . . . to test the temperature of the dirt this year”).

Dirt is soil out of place, just as a weed is a plant in the wrong place.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Emmett Schulte, Professor (Emeritus) Soil Science, Madison