Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Week of Dec. 5, 2020

Kudos to the Supreme Court of the United States

Dear Editor: I would like to praise the Supreme Court decision protecting our religious liberties whereas Governor Cuomo had enacted rules limiting how many people can attend houses of worship (“Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Diocese of Brooklyn, Citing Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order Violated First Amendment Rights,” The Tablet website, Nov. 26).

The suit was brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens and Agudath Israel, an orthodox Jewish organization, opposing the Governor’s restrictions on religious worship. We need to protect the community during this pandemic but these houses of worship are doing all they can to protect worshipers. So why is Governor Cuomo stepping on the Constitution?

The First Amendment allows us to worship to sustain us during hard times. As grand knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus in Douglaston and as a Catholic I applaud the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision the other day for protecting our religious freedoms which our country was founded upon. The decision was made to protect our religious freedoms and I for one am proud of that. Remember this too: We are one nation under God.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

The Reason Life Is so Devalued Today

Dear Editor: Stephen Trani’s letter (“They Are all Human,” Readers’ Forum, Nov. 21) demonstrates why life is so devalued today. It reminds me of the mindset of others in history who labeled and viewed other groups and killed them indiscriminately to undermine their humanity. How sad.

There is no “hierarchy of innocence” but only in the minds and hearts of those who refuse to see the truth. Violence begets violence and the violence of over 60 million abortions is the reason we are witnessing so much violence in the streets.

Saying that people don’t care about other destructive causes of death is nonsense. If you view some life as less than human, what follows? Others will be devalued too.

Veronica Sheehan
Windsor Terrace

Racism and Slavery Are The World’s Original Sin

Dear Editor: The subject of understanding racism is needed. Racism and slavery are not just America’s original sin but the “World’s Original Sin” since the beginning of time.

I was born in Sunnyside in 1942. I lived in Queens my whole life. Our county is the melting pot of all races and nationalities.

Today’s racism issues are being exploited by groups that are completely against our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

If the Catholic Church is going to try and end racism they have to start from the beginning. Why is there racism? Who are those who exploit racism? Why do they?

You won’t get the right answer unless you have the races having a one on one between those races, explaining their views of being racist.

Richard K. Murphy

Best Wishes for Two of Our New Cardinals

Dear Editor: I want to wish all the best to newly elected Cardinals Wilton Gregory and Silvano Tomasi. I have something in common with Tomasi.

Cardinal Tomasi said, “I am one of those 40 million Americans who were born outside the U.S., but at the same time are part of the makeup of the country.”

I look forward to reading Cardinal Tomasi’s new book “Pioneers in Solidarity with Migrants.” He said his book is about “the defense of the rights of migrants; they are human beings like everyone else.”

Thomas Folan
Miller Place, L.I. 

For Many of us This Is a Matter of Great Concern

Dear Editor: Cardinal Raymond Burke has clearly stated that no practicing Catholic can be in favor of abortion. He does not believe that Joe Biden should receive the Eucharist.

Those of us who have grown up in Catholic education were taught that one who receives while not in the state of grace commits a sacrilege.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. states that he would not refuse to give Joe Biden the Eucharist because of a difference of opinion over abortion.

Our church was one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. Where are we now and, can all of our beliefs be put aside by some people while others cling to the beliefs? Is there anyone who can show us the way? For many of us this is a matter of great concern.

Virginia Inserillo
Howard Beach

The Strongest Remedy to Ending the Pandemic

Dear Editor: We as Catholics have the strongest remedy to ending the pandemic. Pray the Rosary and the St. Michael Archangel prayer every day and encourage others to do the same.

William J. Carroll