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We reserve the right to edit or reject letters. Limit letters to 200 words or less. Letters addressing issues covered in the Catholic Herald will be given priority. All letters must be signed with name and city, village, or town of residence.

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Consider donation to the BSP free clinic Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

There have been news articles published recently about the problems faced by the BSP clinic (Benevolent Specialists Project) in Madison due to lack of reliable funding.

I have been a volunteer at this free clinic since 2011.  While other free clinics offer preventive and routine medical care needed  by many, the BSP clinic gives adult patients access to: cardiac care, arthritis management, eye and foot care for the diabetic patient, diagnosis of skin problems, plus  blood work and X-rays and MRIs for diagnosis through the support of local hospitals.

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Don’t publish letters promoting violence Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

We are deeply saddened that you would publish a letter that promotes violence.

The person who recommends use of automatic weapons to “protect” our churches and schools should not be given access to readers of a Catholic publication dedicated to promoting a message of peace and respect. May Our Lord grant him the wisdom to understand peace and respect.

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Minimum requirements mentioned, but go beyond Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Mr. Studinski made a great point in the December 7 issue about the importance of many other things that weren’t mentioned explicitly in my November 23 piece about what it means to be a practicing Catholic, such as the Works of Mercy and the Beatitudes.

But there was a reason for emphasizing the commandments. The terminology of “practicing Catholic” is one typically used to specify a minimum requirement for fulfilling certain functions within the Church (e.g. catechist, school teacher, godparent, etc.). And in the moral life, although the Works of Mercy and the Beatitudes are certainly more perfect than merely observing the commandments, yet still observing the commandments is the minimum.

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Faith practice, good works do not need to be in competition Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

A Catholic Herald letter by Kenneth R. Studinski calls guidance about what it means to be a practicing Catholic “a list of assumed credentials for an acting Catholic,” however he says being a “practicing Catholic” requires the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

I reflect that Works of Mercy that are authentic Christian charity are fruits of the life of grace that we received first at Baptism and have and preserve through faith by the sacraments, prayer, embrace of Catholic teaching, and ordered participation in the life of the Church. It is reductionistic to call these things “assumed credentials” when they are profoundly necessary to our incorporation in the Body of Christ and having His life, the life of grace.

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