TCCatholic FaithRev. John J. Kelly, in his letter Sept. 7...


October 03, 1993


Catholic Faith

Rev. John J. Kelly, in his letter Sept. 7, demonstrates a facile logic and keen sense of clarity in refuting Father Andrew Greeley's article of Aug. 25 when it comes to the difference between a good Catholic and a good person.

What I question is the tortuous trail that leads to the doubt of

Adolf Hitler's ultimate judgment as a good or bad person, and the apparent certainty of "insight" of what will happen to those individuals not "basically insane" or "gone to full bloom" who do not heed the Church's warning about birth control.

I am reminded of an elderly man who died several years ago. A staunch convert to Catholicism, he argued that I would only find the true church of Christ by coming back to Catholicism.

He was an open homosexual, at a time when closet homosexuality was a given. I asked him how he could even

conceive of himself being a Christian or good Catholic when he knew what was taught by all the churches of his day regarding the eternal fate of homosexuals.

His answer: "I believe in the eternal mercy of God." His faith, I believe, did not go unrewarded.

Lawrence A. Temple


Not Good Sports

Roger Simon reported that members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus describe themselves as "the true conservationists" ("Congressional sportsmen shoot wide of fair game," Sept. 1).

Yet many hunters and fishermen, notably Fly, Rod and Reel magazine contributor Ted Williams, decry the caucus as apologists for polluters, habitat wreckers, and wetlands developers. Examples of the Sportsmen's Caucus' "conservation" efforts include support for hunting the nearly tame deer at Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Virginia, placing at risk both the resident pair of bald eagles and anxious homeowners surrounding the refuge.

The caucus opposes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's intention to review the regulations governing Eastern Maryland's captive-reared mallard shooting preserves, despite the consensus among waterfowl biologists that these preserves may facilitate the spread of potentially devastating disease to wild populations of waterfowl.

These "duck farms" offer easy shooting of docile, disoriented, pen-reared ducks. Many such preserves are owned by powerful lobbyists and campaign contributors, whose guests include members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus has now reached 192 members, gaining nine members in August alone, to account for a staggering 36 percent of the Congress.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Interior, a mere 7.4 percent of the public hunts. Through their participation in this caucus, these congressmen represent neither the public, the conservation community, nor wildlife.

Their allegiance appears, rather, to belong to money interests and to their own desire for easy "hunting" in the national capital.

John W. Grandy


The writer is vice president of the Humane Society of the United States.

Better Words

In his commentary ''8 Reasons Not to Get Excited About the '94 Election'' (Sept. 19), Peter A. Jay used these words to describe Rep. Helen Bentley: loner, aging and irascible. A better choice of words would be: independent, experienced and straightforward.

Joseph W. Doughney


Too Negative

In his Sept. 19 column, Ernest F. Imhoff bemoans the poor literacy of the American public.

He also cites a reader who called and complained that The Sun was reporting "too much crime."'

Mr. Imhoff suggests that if reading were made joyful, more people would read.

I have a solution: The Sun should start printing more good news.

There was good news concerning the academic achievement of some of Maryland's high school students that was released for publication the same time as the report concerning our nation's illiteracy.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of Maryland's top seniors in high school -- about 300, which is a tenth of one percent of the high school seniors in Maryland.

However, The Sun chose not to publish the names of these youths.

These students are being successful and adding to society instead of depleting its limited resources.

Many readers are wondering why The Sun chooses to publish articles about drugs, crime and destruction instead of noteworthy scholastic achievement.

In a time when our newspapers are cluttered with catastrophe, The Sun should focus on the good things that happen in our community. Readers grow numb after countless stories of violence and corruption and want to read about something to give them hope.

Mr. Imhoff complains that newspaper circulation has not increased since 1960; the reason is that newspapers are too pessimistic.

If newspapers published more good news, maybe more people would read them, and who knows -- maybe our literacy rate would increase, too.

Jonathan Lurie


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