June 17, 2005

Letters to the Editor

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Thanks to archbishop and two other Criterion ­writers

Much heartfelt thanks to Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein for his May 27 column titled “Jesus Christ is the Truth, not a fleeting philosophy.” And, also, thanks to Father John Catoir for his June 3 article contrasting the Christian versus the secular view of human rights, and finally to Daniel Conway for his editorial in the same issue on “The spirituality of letting go.”

I praise God for three such eloquent and reasoned articles contrasting our current decaying culture with a Christian worldview. Such wisdom and conviction can only be the product of living close to the Spirit of God, and I thank God for giving his Church here in Indianapolis such leadership.

May He continue to bless and protect you!

-Leslie Byrnes, Indianapolis


We need more conservative judges

The next three years is crucial to our nation. Our elected officials are in the process of filling vacancies in the federal courts.

It has been the court system that has chosen the direction we have been going as a society and a nation. The courts, not our elected officials, made it legal for a woman to kill her unborn baby. The courts made it illegal to pray in school. The courts made it legal to burn the American flag that our military fought and died for. It’s the courts that called all manner of vulgarity and profanity on television and radio free speech. It’s the courts that ignore personal responsibility, presenting huge awards to people who sue others for the stupid mistakes they themselves make. It is through the courts that the gay community seeks to make same-sex marriage legal. It is through the courts that the Hemlock Society seeks to make assisted suicide legal.

When a person or group of people want to get something legalized or banned that they know the average American wouldn’t accept, like euthanasia or cloning of human beings, they discovered with Roe vs. Wade that it was best to go through the courts. Unlike politicians, many judges are appointed for life and are answerable to no one. According to our Constitution, they are not to make laws, only to interpret them. Since there is no one but them to determine when they cross the line between interpreting and legislating law, they have been legislating from the bench.

For the first time in 50 years, the voters have elected by a slim margin a conservative president and Congress. Now we have a rare opportunity to appoint conservative judges.

Our senators need to hear from us and they need our prayers.

-Sandra Dudley, Sunman  


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