Letters – January 24, 2023


Don’t change God’s word to fit popular views

Re: “Church should evolve view of same-sex marriage” (Catholic Virginan, Dec. 12)

I feel constant amazement at those who not only believe, but who insist, God’s word should be changed to fit current political or popular view. Perhaps reading of the Bible is in order as it contains something about the acts of same-sex interaction being an abomination to God.

As to “same-sex love does not hurt anyone,” this love, being against God’s word, damages the soul of those who practice it. Condoning such interaction by an individual, or the Church, would be the same as approval, leading to more experimentation by those not previously exposed to it because it would now be “OK,” thus hurting more people.

As to the rise in violent crime against the gay, lesbian and transexual community, this, too, is a sin. We are all made in God’s image and are all God’s children loved by God. But we were given free will and what we choose to do with it is — right or wrong — up to us.

God loves us, but he may not love what we have chosen to do with our
lives. – A.J. Bates, Lovingston

God made marriage for man and woman

What Philip Russo does not understand is that God and God’s word does not need to conform to social standards, but social standards need to — and should — conform to God’s laws (Catholic Virginian, Dec. 12).

Catholics do meet, talk to and befriend members of the LGBTQ community. God loves all of his children. But you cannot pervert the marriage contract by socially making it acceptable to marry your own sex. That is morally unacceptable.

God pronounced judgment on two of the worst morally degenerate towns, Sodom and Gomorrah, for doing just what our society is accepting as “fine.” It is not “fine.”

God still loves all people, but he made marriage for a man and a woman to form
a united family and to raise children that come from that union. Period.

No one denies same-sex couples can raise and love children as much, but the issue is that is not what marriage was created by God for.

The Church does not have to “evolve” to society. God created moral and social laws for his people. All of us are his people, but his laws do not change. They don’t have to.

Society has no business trying to make societal values that God instituted null and void as man thinks it should be. – Louise Laukhuff, Richmond

Catholics need to lobby for Born-Alive Act

I am in favor of women’s rights and “my body, my choice” stance. However, I strongly encourage our senators to vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 26). I urge all Catholics to contact their senators to voice outrage at the possibility of this bill failing in the Senate and to ask them to vote “yes” when the vote comes up.

Here are my reasons: (1) Once a child is born alive after an abortion attempt, it is no longer “my body, my choice.” It is a citizen of the U.S. and at that point, as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi so stated, “Democrats believe everyone deserves the freedom to access reproductive health services – without fear of violence, intimidation or harassment.” (2) The abortion rights of the mother have not been denied but once a child is born alive, doctors have a duty under their medical oath to do everything they can to preserve life. If having a child is such a hardship for the mother, she can sign away her rights to this child if born alive – many are waiting to adopt.

I cannot understand how one can possibly support the barbaric act of killing a child born alive. I cannot even believe I need to write my senators over this issue which is so blatantly murder. I truly believe that the majority of Americans are opposed to this ending of life no matter what their stance is on abortion and women’s rights. – Maryelle Coderoni, Richmond

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