Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Letters to the Editor

(From the July 2, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

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    True conscience


    Thank you for publishing the letters of Lorraine Derig and Don Kaufmann in response to my letter, published in the May 21 edition of the Inland Register. I accept both letters as a true example of our God-given gift of a conscience.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article 6, Paragraph 1776, on Moral Conscience, reads in part: “… his conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”

    Both Ms. Derig and Mr. Kaufmann’s letters are a true example of Paragraph 1776.

    Vivat Jesus.

    Edward D. Sima SFO, Spokane

    ‘Intrinsic evil’


    Carole and Edward Sima seem to lump all life issues together in their letter to the editor May 21, 2009. However, abortion is an instrinsic evil, while war and the death penalty are not. Section 2308 of The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed.” CCC 2267 states “the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.” Contrast these statements to what CCC 2271 says about abortion: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.” Note the use of the word “every.”

    Cardinal Joseph Bernadin promoted the idea of a “seamless garment” or “consistent ethic of life” in the 1980s. This consistent ethic is often used by Catholics to justify voting for pro-choice politicians, as long as they are “pro-life” on issues other than abortion. Cardinal Bernadin had this to say in 1988: “I don’t see how you can subscribe to the consistent ethic and then vote for someone who feels that abortion is a ‘basic right’ of the individual. I know that some people on the left, if I may use that label, have used the consistent ethic to give the impression that the abortion issue is not all that important anymore, that you should be against abortion in a general way but that there are more important issues, so don’t hold anybody’s feet to the fire just on abortion. That’s a misuse of the consistent ethic, and I deplore it.”

    Abortion is not one of many issues. It is the most important human rights issue of our day.

    Jodi Wagner, Spokane

    Sign R-71


    By now, probably most of us have heard of SB-5688. Two-thirds of the State Legislature voted in favor of passage, and the governor signed it into law. Through this law, the gay community managed to attain the rights and privileges of traditional male/female marriages. I don’t think anyone has a problem with a minority working for legislation beneficial to it. I certainly don’t.

    But look at how it was done: by amending about 200 existing laws! The terms “husband” and “wife,” wherever necessary, got bumped and were replaced with “gender neutral.” If, in domestic partnerships, the couple cannot decide who is going to be the “husband” and who the “wife,” there is no sane reason to deny the genders of everyone else simply to accommodate a minority.

    I do not appreciate the recent removal of all gender-specific terms from current laws. A fortiori, I suspect neither does God (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, on his behalf, I will seek to reverse that law. The gay community needs to have some recognition by law, but this is definitely not the way to do it.

    A few years ago, John Kavanaugh wrote Following Christ in a Consumer Society. The author spoke of our culture as seeking to “thingify” everything. I believe SB 5688 with its “gender neutral” terminology can easily be “step one” in the ultimate “thingification” of people.

    Please support the citizens’ group, Protect Marriage Washington, and join me in signing R-71.

    Walter F. Stichart, Colville, Wash.

    Protest gasoline prices


    I am 87 years old and I can remember very clearly when regular gas was 29 cents a gallon. Granted, there has been a lot done as far as improving the gas and coming up with unleaded gas and whatever else they might have done, so I can see that there should be an increase in the price of gas to stay abreast with the cost of living and maybe increase to a dollar something a gallon or even $2 a gallon, but as the price is now approaching $3 a gallon, I think it’s time to do something about it.

    I would like to recommend something. At least it would be a start. If we, the public, do not do something about it, the price per gallon will continue to rise.

    To start with, I would like to suggest that one day a week – say, Wednesday of each week, since it is in the middle of the week – that we all declare Wednesday as a holiday from all the gas pumps and no one – no one – buy even one gallon of gas. If you need gas to survive, get a few gallons on Tuesday, but not on Wednesday.

    My hope is that this will be felt by those responsible for gouging the public with these high prices, especially if we continue to do it for a long period of time.

    Evidently, the politicians or the president are not going to do anything about it, so that leaves it up to each one of us, or the prices will continue to rise.

    If we all band together and keep Wednesday as a holiday from the gas pumps, maybe, just maybe, this will be a start.

    Bruno Kensok, Spokane

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