Faith Should Be a Shield, Not a Sword

Dear Editor: Any intellectually rigorous treatment of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s doctrine of “cheap grace” (“Cheap Grace,” editorial, Nov. 9) should extend it to include lay people who self-identify as Christians.

The Simple Beauty of the Spoken Latin Mass

Dear Editor: The Tridentine Mass or Latin Mass was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1570. If I am correct, it was restricted or banned in 1963 by the Second Vatican Council, 1962- 1965 (“Latin Mass Is Making a Comeback,” Dec. 7).

A Statue for Mother Cabrini in Battery Park

Dear Editor: Well, despite my Brooklyn birth and growing up in East New York at the then parish of St. Malachy’s, I fully support the South Cove site in Battery Park for the new statue of Mother Cabrini (“Mother Cabrini Statue Will Be Placed in Battery Park,” Dec. 21.) 

We Should Be Thankful Every Day of the Year

Dear Editor: I read with interest, the Nov. 30 editorial (“The Many Blessings We Should Remember This Holiday “). Well done, as usual. As noted, Thanksgiving can be an ideal time to give thanks, for all of God’s many gifts, graces and blessings, so abundantly and lovingly given.

Why, When and How Did This Change Evolve?

Dear Editor: Sadly, the October 17th 2019 Pew Research findings, as reported in The Tablet (“Number of ‘Nones’ are Increasing in the U.S.,” Oct 26) seems to indicate religious identity is suffering a serious downturn in America. (Catholic, 23% to 20% from 2009 to 2019, while the reverse seems to be distressingly true: atheist, agnostic and/or nothing, the “Nones,” 17% to 26% during the same time frame).

Teachers’ Money to the Democratic Party

Dear Editor:

The public school teacher’s union (United Federation of Teachers) recently sent a form to retirees called the Pension Deduction Authorization Form. Retired teachers are asked to sign and return this form allowing the union to allocate a portion of the teacher’s pension check to Political Action.

My Support to Bishop DiMarzio

Dear Editor: I would like to offer my support for Bishop DiMarzio. I believe he is innocent (“Bishop DiMarzio Vows Fight, Says He Will Be Vindicated,” Nov. 23).