Unlike a broken pencil, it is unlikely that the writers of the following three letters to the editor, published in the April 26 edition of Time magazine ever had a useful point. And, yes, Virginia, these were the only letters on "Kerry and the Church" that Time printed.
In "A Test of Kerry's Faith," on the conflict between Roman Catholic Church authorities and John Kerry on issues like abortion [April 5], Time reported, "For now, theologians say, Kerry's conduct is principally a matter between the candidate and his own Archbishop."
As a practicing and struggling Catholic, I believe that Kerry's conduct is a matter between him and God. His Archbishop should have nothing to do with it.
Gloria W. Smith Eden Prairie, MN
Why should a priest come between man and Godl? Where have we heard that lie before? With all due respect, I suggest you "struggle" a little harder, Gloria, to understand what you profess to "practice." And I recommend that we do the same.
Many modern Catholics have adapted their beliefs to the realities of today's world. St. Louis, MO, Archbishop Raymond Burke's public warning to Kerry "not to present himself for Communion" because of his stance on abortion will not deter Kerry from making it to the White House. That warning will, however, further impede the Catholic Church's ability to meld relevant spiritual values with the choices all Catholics face today.
Jill Holdaway San Jose, CA
You may well be right about the White House, Jill. "Many modern Catholics" are practical atheists; that's why most Catholics voted for anti-life candidate Al Gore in the last presidential race. Bishop Burke, however, to his credit, is concerned with saving Sen. Kerry's immortal soul, not Pres. Bush's re-election bid. And that's how it should be.
If every Catholic who uses birth control or has had a vasectomy or an abortion were denied the sacraments, there would be very few people at the Communion rail on Sunday morning.
Gretchen W. Maring Ellison Bay, WI
And if that's the case—and I do not doubt it—that's the way it should be, too—absent a sincere Confession, of course. Thanks though, Gretchen, for reminding us why Communion lines—even with umpteen Eucharistic ministers—are long and Confession lines virtually nonexistent.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.