Humanae Vitae/Helping Christian widows
Written by Staff Reports | The Catholic Miscellany Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:08
People ignored Humanae Vitae
A conflict has surfaced between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Department of Health and Human Services over the issue of contraception — specifically whether church sponsored organizations such as schools and hospitals will be required to give employees health insurance including contraceptive services at no additional cost.
The USCCB holds the provision of such services to be a violation of Catholic religious beliefs. HHS calls these preventative services to which employees are entitled by law.
Sadly, although the Catholic teachings on contraception were clearly stated by Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, many clergy and laity chose to ignore or reject them.
Pope Paul’s warnings about the consequences of birth regulation seem clearly prophetic. If we had only heeded his warnings, what grief and tragedy might have been avoided?
Instead, we bought the lie that sexual pleasure was an end in itself and not connected with love, marriage, or the Creator’s plan. Declining populations, broken families, rampant disease, and millions of abortions are some of the results.
HHS, seeing pregnancy as a condition to be avoided and drugs or medical intervention as a solution, cites health and cost benefits while ignoring health risks.
The view of pregnancy as a blessing and consequence of the loving union of spouses and their Creator is ignored.
The moral, social, environmental, and economic costs of the anti-birth policy are also overlooked.
Finally, can the state require Catholics to support an activity which they know is immoral?
Helping widows in India
After the article on the Widows of Orissa Fund, “Group helps widows of persecuted Christians in India,” by Christina Lee Knauss came out, St. Mary Magdalene Church’s Outreach Tithe Committee in Greenville called me and got details about the project.
In a few days they approved a sizable donation to the fund. Because of their great generosity many widows will have food, a small income and education for their children. St. Mary’s Women’s Club in Greenville and several donors from across the state have also sent generous donations.
Thank you so much for opening doors for this worthy cause. Many women who were in dire poverty now have hope. Together we show our unity with the suffering church from 10,000 miles away!
Letter: BEHS band leaves a lasting impact
Written by Staff Reports | The Catholic Miscellany Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:22
Thank you for the wonderful article about the Bishop England band alumni reunion at the homecoming game. We had around 50 alumni attend and over 30 of us who still play.
That is a testament to former band directors Luther Townsend and Ray Wood. Mr. Wood and his wife traveled from North Carolina to be with us and that made the night even more special.
Thanks also to current band director Michael Johnson and the band students for welcoming us, the school administration, band members Suzanne Kerr Reed, Dan Stacy, Marianna Kerr Williamson, and Cheryl Stroble and all the band alumni.
Everyone at the game gave us a warm welcome and showed appreciation of our being there and playing.
Billy Sotille, Class of 1978
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Nov. 4 article about Bishop England High School’s marching band should have included reference to the regular band. Jennifer Gossett was director of that band program from 2003-2009. They performed regularly at annual games and school events.