Two recent published attacks on the Catholic Church merit a response.
Tom Allio, in a June 12 column, “Disconnect between the bishop and his priests,” attacked Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon after the bishop sent a letter to priests in the diocese expressing his sincere desire for better communication and understanding and scheduled meetings with priests to help accomplish this. Allio attacked the bishop’s leadership style, but why publicly condemn when the bishop already made the outreach, which Allio acknowledges as “heartfelt expression”?
Bill Bogdan, in a June 21 letter, “Conservative and wrong,” attacked priests because they preach and defend truths taught by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is not conservative or liberal. It is the bride of Jesus Christ. Thus it teaches Christ’s truths: love the sinner, hate the sin. Catholic teaching is clear on the sanctity of human life, unborn and born; sex outside of marriage; marriage between a man and woman; helping the poor; and love of neighbor. Christ challenges us to be compassionate and kind.
It is the God-given right and responsibility of Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic bishops and priests to defend the right of the Catholic Church to teach Christ’s truths in private or the public square. June 22 was the Catholic feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, both laypersons, who were martyred in England for peaceably defending that right. May their example inspire us to pray for the same courage.
Protect public health,?promote the economy
In Akron, it was once called “the smell of money.” I strongly believe one of the most powerful things we can do to promote our quality of life is to have a robust economy that sustains jobs and assures societal mechanisms to provide for the protection and preservation of the safety and health of our entire population. However, it is critical that we pursue those goals in ways that aren’t counterproductive to them.
Earlier this month in the U.S. Senate, a proposal was made to repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and air toxics standards. Many of the dangerous pollutants emitted by fossil-fueled power plants, such as dioxins, arsenic, mercury, lead, and acid gases have serious detrimental health effects.
We must ensure our legislators are aware of and consider the short- and long-term health impacts of all policies, not just the immediate financial motivators, or worse, the value of the political rhetoric.
I was pleased to learn that the proposal to repeal these protections to our health was voted down. As a resident of Ohio, I would like to thank Sen. Sherrod Brown for voting against this proposal. As a public health advocate and member of the executive board of the American Public Health Association, I would like to applaud the efforts of all our legislators who advance policies that protect and promote our health as well as our economy. They are interdependent, and success cannot be an either/or proposition.
The June 20 letter from Ricky Lovell, “What James did to Akron,” upset me. I think LeBron James did a wonderful job for his hometown, Akron, and for Cleveland, where he worked. I have been told James did not walk away but tried to get help with new players for the Cavaliers.
He loves Akron, as we all know. He gives to his hometown much that we don’t know about. I wonder why. I really do.
I don’t understand why people who work to get ahead, give to their family, get a nice promotion and secure their retirement can’t give this hardworking young man respect. I don’t think LeBron did a thing wrong. I am thrilled he won his ring. LeBron, God bless.
Health care ?needs repair
In a June 22 letter, “Public option,” comparing the individual health insurance mandate to the mandate for car insurance, Ennio Riccillo wrote: “When the individual who does not have a car wants to go somewhere, he or she will take the bus. The rest of us will not be stuck with the cost of the ticket.”
The fact is that when the individual who has no health insurance needs medical treatment, the “rest of us” with health insurance are stuck with the cost.
Most of us have cars; some do not. Those who do not have cars don’t require car insurance. But I suppose a portion of the fare bus riders pay does go toward the insurance Metro RTA must carry. We all have health, and we all need medical treatment at some time or another. Our current system does not work. Whether or not we keep the health-care reform act currently before the Supreme Court, we have to have something other than what we have now.
I would like to thank and commend Judge Bill Spicer for his many years of public service as a school teacher (he taught my brother general business, I believe), prosecutor, U.S. attorney and especially as probate judge in Summit County for 31 years.
I don’t know what he could have done in those jobs to get headlines for good things; but I never saw any headlines for bad things. All I ever heard or saw was good; my brother liked him as a teacher (no small accomplishment). To all appearances, Spicer served well in all his positions as a public servant.
Thank you, Bill Spicer, for a job (jobs) well done.
The Rev. William Cain