Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Week of Feb. 11, 2022

Let’s Reduce Abortion 

Dear Editor: It is so heartwarming to see so many great people attend the March for Life in Washington (“Activists Praise Dobbs Ruling, Vow to Continue Anti-Abortion Efforts,” Jan. 28). 

With the ruling sending abortion practices back to each state, we see some states restricting the practice and some states allowing abortion until the time of birth. This presents a continuing challenge for pro-life advocates that must be centered in individual states. 

May I propose the following? 

1. March for Life takes place each year on the same day in all 50 state capitals. 

2. Catholic education programs for Religious Ed. and Catholic schools include a serious expectation from all Catholic females never to rely on a choice that includes abortion because it is an intentional ending of life that is against the sixth commandment. 

3. More public outcry from our religious leaders against Catholic elected politicians who vote for pro-abortion laws and fail to act and publicly advocate for pro-life policies. 

The greatest reduction in the number of abortions, especially here in New York State, could come from every Christian woman being taught, encouraged, and rewarded for choosing life for her child. 

I am grateful for this opportunity to express my thoughts. 

Eleanor R. Menna 

Islip, N.Y. 

Father Capodanno’s Cause For Sainthood 

Dear Editor: I read with interest your follow-up piece on Father Vincent Capodanno (“Cause for Father Capodanno Gets a Lift After Delay,” Jan. 21). 

It appears that the consultants who are handling this cause are not fans of the military. 

Father Capodanno was a Naval chaplain, which made him an officer. Military officers, at least back then, were expected to look sharp, which could be seen as fastidious to today’s consultants. 

Secondly, the concern, as expressed, “venerating someone from the military might be inappropriate for the church while wars persist in the world.” 

Father Capodanno, a military chaplain, was there to save souls and to surrender his life if necessary in this effort. 

So, I again question the consultants’ military point of view. If we cannot venerate individuals in the military, then we are canceling them. 

I wonder how St. Michael, the Archangel, and St. Joan of Arc, both military warriors, would feel about this concern?

Joseph James Murphy 


A Most Gracious Gift 

Dear Editor: Thank you for your recent donation to support the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn through The Tablet Bright Christmas Fund. We are so very grateful. 

Your gift will help our five seminarians at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C., support the Eparchy’s several mission parishes, help us to serve the faithful, teach young people about our Maronite faith, and do so much more. 

Thank you for financially strengthening our Eparchy. When we are strong, we can continue to help others, especially those most vulnerable in Lebanon and the Middle East. 

Please remember our seminarians, priests, and me in your prayers. I will remember you in mine and thank God for you. I pray you will have a blessed 2023. 

Bishop Gregory Mansour 

Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn 

Thank You Bright Christmas 

Dear Editor: It is with great joy I write to you about the impact of the generous gift from DeSales Media to our Religious Education program. This was possible thanks to you. 

Thank you for your support of our noble cause. 

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Maria C. Garces 

Religious Education Coordinator 

Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace