Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Week of August 22, 2020

All Moral Laws Are Civil, Not all Civil Laws Are Moral

Dear Editor: I am a single, 64-year-old Black Catholic man living alone in New York City. I am a member of the Right-to-Life Party as well as a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization that is deeply despised by Ms. Kamala Harris.

Why is it that every “Catholic” politician has to invoke their religion all while emphatically emphasizing their defense of abortion?

I refuse to give my support to a party that enthusiastically takes joy in aborting babies. When will someone stand up to the likes of Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, and many other politicians who feel that by announcing their denomination, it gives them a free pass to fund this atrocity?

The reason why these politicians mention their “Catholic” faith is to simply dupe Catholic voters into voting for them. Up until now, unfortunately, they have been very successful at it. That has to stop immediately. Do not help them achieve their sinister mission.

I remember a rather heated discussion I had with someone about abortion. He said that it is a law that must be accepted in our society. I ended my part of the discussion by telling him “All moral laws are civil, but not all civil laws are moral.”

Maurice Bernier
Springfield Gardens

Father McGivney Showed Me the way to Jesus Christ

Dear Editor: Father McGivney, who started the Knights of Columbus in the 1880s, is one step closer to sainthood. A miracle was attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney through prayers by the parents of Michael McGivney Schachle, who by the way was named after the late priest, and others. The doctors gave no hope, but the child did survive and is five years old today. Father McGivney needs one more miracle to be canonized. As of now, a ceremony will take place at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Connecticut on October 31st for his beatification.

Now, let me point out the Knights of Columbus is a charity organization that has donated $187 million and has committed 77 million hours to charity and has two million members. Father McGivney started the organization to help immigrants and their families in the 1880s in most difficult times mixed with bigotry.

I can appreciate what the Knights do because I am Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston for 13 years now.

My council has been involved with a number of charity activities to help out during COVID-19 with funds to soup kitchens and food pantries. We have also been involved with blood drives over the years that have saved many lives.

As a youth, I was brought up in Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village. My mother died when I was 14 years old and my father died when I was 23 years old and in the Navy. I blamed God for their deaths and later became an agnostic.

At the age of 38, I married my wife Eva and she got me to attend Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park. Well, after three years, I had a rebirth in my faith and converted to the Catholic faith at the age of 41.

We had to move a few years later and we joined St. Anastasia parish. In 1995, I was asked to join the Knights of Columbus but resisted at first.

One night, I dreamed I was walking on a dirt road and saw a church, and as I got closer I saw a priest sitting in a large wooden chair dressed in a black cassock. As he saw me, he greeted me and said he was waiting for me. He said, “Let’s go for a walk.”

As we walked he told me my life was about to change and I would do much for those in need. The next thing I remember I woke up.

A few weeks later I joined the Knights of Columbus. That was 25 years ago, and I am now 71 years old.

I would like to thank Father Michael McGivney for showing me the way to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Visit To Our Lady of Sorrows

Dear Editor: I think it is very sad that Father Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Corona, allowed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a left-wing Socialist politician, a member of a radical sect in the House of Representatives called “The Squad,” who supports abortion and other left-wing issues, to use this charitable event as a photo opportunity for her reelection campaign (“Queens Parish Partners With AOC to Fight Hunger,” August 1).

The congresswomen also recently claimed that the statue of St. Damien of Molokai in the U.S. Capitol represents “patriarchy” and “white supremacist culture.”

Damien ministered to the Hawaiian lepers on the islands for 20 years, eventually succumbing to the disease himself. Again, I must say, very sad.

Felix Ferretti
Richmond Hill

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