Priests have duty to speak out
Regarding “Don’t preach politics” (Oct. 6 Letters to the Editor): This is a freedom issue that has been turned into a political issue by President Obama. Freedom is a gift from God. The Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services mandate, is attempting to force Catholic-affiliated organizations to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, something that for more than 2,000 years the Catholic Church has taught is wrong.
All Catholic priests not only have a right but an obligation to help parishioners form their consciences. This is a great teaching moment for them to show why the use of contraceptives is sinful.
It is also the obligation of parishioners to learn and follow what their church teaches. The Catholic Church is not a smorgasbord where people can pick and choose what they want to believe. According to the Catholic bishops of Kansas, to depart from this and other issues such as abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, assisted suicide and redefinition of marriage separates Catholics from full communion with the church.
If you are a Catholic who wants to learn more about what your church teaches, I suggest you start with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Free from religion
In the United States we have freedom of religion, which means that a church can function without interference by the government. A church is defined as a building exclusively used for worship. That does not include hospitals, universities and anything else not used exclusively for worship owned by a church.
Also implied by freedom of religion is freedom from religion. People should not be punished for not accepting the tenets of their employer, and that is exactly what these organizations are trying to do by not providing insurance coverage for birth control for their employees. They want to punish those who do not believe as they do by making them pay for their birth control.
When you come right down to it, a pretty petty plan for a church.
What was Vice President Joe Biden thinking during Thursday’s debate? With a role model like him, no wonder a lot of our children show no respect and act the way they do. He will go down in history as acting like an immature 5-year-old running for kindergarten class president.
Why do we have so many people in Wichita standing on the corners with signs, wanting money? I can’t get out of my pickup without someone running to me with his hands out wanting money. Do these people think I’m the Bank of Wichita?
Bishop Eugene Gerber saw their needs several years ago and created the Lord’s Diner so that no one in Wichita would ever be in need of a meal. Do they think I’m going to pay for their cigarettes, drugs or beer?
If you don’t have gas to get home, then stay home and walk. Be content. That’s what I do.
People need to make do or do without. So don’t ask and I won’t have to tell you “no.”
Still love Jones
“Didn’t fill shoes” (Oct. 8 Letters to the Editor) used well-chosen words and was very appropriate. I, too, was disappointed with the concert last week by George Jones, whom I’ve loved and followed many years. At the same time, I get weepy the minute he breaks into “Step Right Up” or “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Many of us will love Jones no matter what, until it is his last performance. I wish he could be well, but all those tours, all the smoke-filled rooms and, indeed, his chosen lifestyle are writing the last few miles of his journey.
SALLY J. WIEBE
On Sept. 24, I arrived in Wichita from Seattle through Denver on Frontier Airlines. About 15 minutes before we landed, I became very ill. I tried to get to the lavatory at the front of the plane. There was a doctor sitting in the front row with his wife. He realized I was not well. He gave me his seat and contacted the flight attendant for oxygen. He and the flight attendant stayed with me.
The minute we landed, the flight attendant asked passengers to stay seated. The door was opened to emergency medical technicians, police, firefighters and security personnel. They immediately took my vitals and encouraged me to let the EMTs take me to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.
I was admitted and kept for an overnight stay so that tests could be administered. The next day I was released with instructions to contact my doctor as soon as I arrived in Seattle.
I was able to attend my class reunion in Augusta and had a nice visit with family and friends.
I would like to thank the doctor on the plane (I didn’t get his name.), the flight crew, the EMTs, police, security, firefighters, hospital staff and doctors for the royal treatment I received.