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Letters from Readers

  • Papal politics and climate change

    Pope Francis is quoted saying, “A very solid scientific consensus indicates we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.” The trouble with this statement is science does not operate on consensus.
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  • No excuses on sex abuse

    I have not seen the movie “Spotlight” yet. Since it is a Hollywood movie, I would expect that it got some things right and some things wrong. Mr. Clifford (Letters, Nov. 12) seems to be taking another stance when he blames the media during the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal.
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  • California bishops must oppose death penalty

    Yesterday (Nov. 12) the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge to the death penalty. Now, the bishops of the California Catholic Conference need to do three actions to support a culture of life:
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  • Foudy family remembrance

    On Nov. 7 Bishop William Justice was principal celebrant of a funeral Mass for Mary Foudy at St. Gabriel Church in San Francisco. Bishop Ignatius Wang and Bishop Daniel Walsh, along with priests of the archdiocese, were present to attest to the remarkable life of not only of Mary but of her late beloved brothers, Msgr. John Foudy and Father Denis Foudy.
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  • Movie sure to get story wrong

    Remember that you heard it here first: A new movie about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal is sure to get the story wrong.
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  • Hungarians’ wounded memories

    Here is a comment on Lenny Barretto’s letter (“Prelate’s remarks intolerant,” Oct. 22). He asks, “Why then single out Islam and Muslims as a threat to Europe?”
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  • Passing God by

    On a family trip to Las Vegas this summer, I observed something that moved me.
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  • Prelate’s remarks intolerant

    The Hungarian Bishop Laszio Kiss-Rego seems paranoid and upset at the influx of Muslim refugees entering Europe.
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  • Defending tenants’ rights

    I write about our situation in the area surrounding our parish in the Mission District, but certainly in defense of all local communities under threat of displacement. Speaking to Gabriel Medina from the Mission Economic Development Association (another great Riordan graduate), and Francisco Herrera, long active in Mission District parishes, taught me that 1,400 families with children, and a total of 8,000 people, many on fixed income or disability after working for many years, have been evicted over the past 10 years in the Mission District, even though they are good tenants who pay their rent. I personally have been involved with many families or fixed income individuals who unjustly are given eviction notices.
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  • Dorothy Day a voice for our times

    Father Ronald Rolheiser writes about Dorothy Day in your Sept. 11 issue, calling her truly an example for our time.
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  • Moral line crossed long before Hiroshima

    The debate over whether our dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945 ended the war, and whether the Japanese were about to surrender anyway, will probably never be resolved.
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  • A-bomb lesson

    In condemning the atomic bombing of Japan, letter writer Richard Morasci (Sept. 11) says Japanese diplomats were trying to end the war and “did not want to fight to the last man standing.”
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  • The county clerk in Kentucky

    There is definitely a mixed reaction to the county clerk in Kentucky who took a personal stand against signing same-sex marriage licenses.
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  • Reflection on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Kent Grealish (letter, Aug. 28) is upset and angry with Tony Magliano for reporting the article on Father Zebelka, the A-bomb chaplain who indicated remorse for blessing the A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians and children.
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  • A-bombs unnecessary to win

    The United States can argue all it wants about the justification of dropping two atomic bombs on Japanese cities, which were packed with civilians, during World War II. However, in the age of the Internet, we can find out much more information than we ever could before.
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  • Armchair ethicists and the A-bomb

    Calling himself a “peace columnist” does not allow him to spread slander about U.S. servicemen (“A-bomb chaplain’s conversion,” Aug. 14).
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  • Protecting the world for future generations

    On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, we call the attention of the people of the San Francisco archdiocese to the tremendously thoughtful and powerful encyclical on the environment recently published by Pope Francis at www.laudatosi.com.
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  • Role of altar servers

    The article was a reminder of when I was an altar boy during World War II. The altar boys would serve at Masses and could verbally send up prayers of adoration to heaven with the priest.
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  • Los Angeles auxiliaries

    As a San Francisco priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I found it rather disconcerting that CSF would feature an article (July 24) about only one of the three fine priests appointed auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the celebrity at that.
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  • Secularization of human rights

    When we lose sight of the origin of human rights, we can easily have a false interpretation of those rights. Freedom of speech can become the license to say whatever we wish whenever we wish, giving no thought to prudence.
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