Proper Respect in Church
Dear Editor: I was brought up by the good nuns, who taught us to be silent in church.
When people laugh and talk in church they are disrespecting God, who is present in the tabernacle. If the Pope were in church, would there be talking, or would people be in awe and remain silent?
I might add that a priest said that when we are in church we should be absorbed in prayer at the tabernacle, and if someone were to come dancing down the aisle, we would not even notice it.
I pray that the priests correct this by speaking about it to their parishioners. God bless you!
Remembering Sister Saint Liguori, CSJ
Dear Editor: The obituary section of the May 7 edition of The Tablet featured Sister Joan Ann Larkin CSJ, who was also known as Sister Saint Liguori CSJ.
One of her first teaching ministries was at St. Pascal Baylon Elementary school, where she was known to us as Sister Saint Liguori. It was from there that she started her 71 years of service and ministry as a Sister of Saint Joseph.
As Sister Joan Larkin, she continued to spend a lifetime of ministry in prayer and service, as a consecrated woman of God, and as a good and faithful servant to the Sisters of Saint Joseph Community. She was one of a kind.
Requiescat in Pace.
Richard B. Mooney
Weigel Spot-on Again
Dear Editor: Thanks to George Weigel for once again addressing, not only the fallacy of the German “Synodal Way” but also the necessary response by a growing number of bishops around the world (“The Fraternal Correction,” April 23).
At first, I was taken aback by his addressing this German movement as “apostasy,” since I thought of it as a promotion 0f heresy. I broke out my catechism and found, in article 2089, that, in my opinion, we are both right.
In fact, it seems to me that they are wrong on all counts of article 2089: incredulity, heresy, apostasy, and bordering on schism, which is the direction in which they appear to be heading.
Thanks to these bishops for acting as St. Augustine recommended: “If the sin is private, correct the sinner in private. If it is public and manifest, apply the correction in public so that the sinner may be led to betterment and others may conceive a salutary fear.”
Failure of Leadership
Dear Editor: With the recent leak from the Supreme Court and the subsequent comments from Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, it’s clear the Democratic party is firmly behind abortion and seeks to make it the law of the land.
They propose that people vote for abortion-supporting candidates, and they say that they are Catholics, good Catholics, and even devout Catholics.
Vote them out and insist that church leadership rebuke them for their callous position on the sanctity of life.
Without recrimination and revulsion, these politicians will continue to make horrendous decisions.
Praise For Our Nurses
Dear Editor: National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12, celebrates nurses for all that they do.
The nurses of today have given a lot of help in helping the sick in America, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their courage and dedication have been unequal in American history.
I can personally attest to what they do.
At age 65, I came down with an aggressive prostate cancer and had to have surgery at Northwell’s Northshore Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
I was cared for after my surgery by most dedicated nurses.
This, I believe, went a long way with the healing process. I had three more surgeries.
Now, I’m 72 and alive and well.
During this pandemic our nurses have been through a lot and did not give up and continue to care for the sick. Nurses have been through a lot of stress but have not given up. Their courage and dedication must truly be commended.
So, please keep these dedicated men and women nurses in your prayers for a job well done. These nurses truly deserve our praises for all that they do.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.