Readers Respond – Nov. 26, 2016

Church needs healing

Thank you for the balanced approach to your commentary regarding the divisions in this democracy (Nov. 19 Clarion Herald).

Perhaps the Catholic Church will equally consider the division within the church in America with the sensitivity required to indeed promote this conversation to look beyond the different perspectives of the faith.

I’ve heard remarks from one person so elated at the outcome of this election that she came dancing up the choir loft singing and even associated the processional song at Mass last weekend with the new beginning of a prophetic world!

And then heard a lifelong Catholic verbally consider leaving the church because of a perceived support by the church in America of the new president-elect, a man who called the Holy Father disgraceful!

Indeed there is great division! In Christ,


Philosophy of hope
New Orleans

By the time this may print, the presidential election will have passed. I hear said every four years if I don’t vote for either the Republican or Democratic nominee, I’m wasting my vote.

This year’s no different, and I’d like to say: No thanks, I don’t want any.

What philosophy belies this thinking? I think there’s no philosophy with a reliance on closed thinking. Is it dualist or monist?

Whichever I think, it leaves no room for logic. How can I, if I trust in and search for God’s grace, vote Republican or Democrat?

If I am committed to the seamless garment of pro-life how can I vote for either one?

Neither of the two main candidates are 100 percent pro-life; they are both more than adequately wealthy people and don’t have a clue how most people live day to day as bullets fly and bombs fall, as banks foreclose and people flee with only their prayers and tears.

Hope is not making sure you side with the winner (that sounds duplicitous). To vote either/or is a vote wasted. To vote your conscience is right as if you voted for the solidarity candidate who is Catholic or if you followed the example of Dorothy Day and refused to vote at all.

Regardless the winner “as king/queen of America,” the real work remains: The chance to be open to God’s grace in our lives and to support life by our works of mercy. That, for me, is a philosophy of hope.


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