JUNE 20, 2010, Vol 60, No12

I REGULARLY RECEIVE the CatholicNews through Brother George-Etienne Bertrand, SG. I’m writing to congratulate your Catholic newspaper for its good paper, good printing, variety of articles, clear photos.

The article “Out of the mouths of baptised babes” (CN, Apr 11, 2010) touched me very much. I would like to comment that the picture of the Resurrection of Christ on the cover page (a 15th-century fresco depicting Christ’s appearance to Mary Magdalene after His resurrection) does not show any wounds on Jesus’ feet and hands. I prefer the picture on page 24 (an image of Jesus’ resurrection that appears at St. Aloysius Church in Olivia, Minnesota.)
BEING A FAN of Zenit’s weekly “Liturgy” column where liturgical abuses are regularly discussed, I was quite blasé about “Music for Mass not liturgical” (CN, May 23, 2010).

However, on Trinity Sunday, during the Mass I was participating in, the liturgy was hijacked by the choir-master’s creativity. The participating congregation was changed into a pack of dumb sheep as the choir segued into a Latin Gloria. I looked around me and saw everyone was standing mutely as the choir performed its linguistic calisthenics. I really don’t understand this fascination that some choirmasters have with inserting Latin in bits and pieces into an English language Mass. It may demonstrate the choir’s vocal capability, but it doesn’t do much for congregation participation in the Mass.
THE CASE OF Sister Margaret Mary McBride’s decision to sanction an abortion of an 11-week-old unborn baby, due to the poor medical condition of the mother, and the nun’s subsequent excommunication, is indeed heart-wrenching.

The publication of its story has sparked emotional responses, ranging from those who felt she did the right thing, to those who felt her action to allow a preborn child to be killed could never be justified.

There are a few principles we need to follow in deciding what the ethical course of action and appropriate action would be for the case of the mother with pulmonary hypertension.
TO SAVE ONE person’s life can you kill another? According to Catholic moral teaching, the answer is a clear and consistent ‘no’. But it is not always a painless decision.

A case in point is the national furore last month over the announcement of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix that a nun who worked as a Catholic hospital executive had excommunicated herself by counselling a woman to abort her 11-week-old unborn child.

The pregnant woman had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that doctors said would mean almost certain death if she continued the pregnancy.


WHEN POPE BENEDICT XVI’S Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Church in China was published in June 2007, it was a milestone in the history of the Church of China.

China websites harshly disagreed on how to practically apply the contents of the letter, which speaks a clear language of the need for Chinese faithful to take concrete steps towards reconciliation. While many engaged in discussions, Chinese Christians went ahead and took remarkable steps towards unity.

Those teaching in seminaries or in religious communities began to notice some of the ‘underground’ have joined their audience of priests or religious of the ‘official’ Church community. In Inner Mongolia, an ‘unofficial Catholic community’ invited priests of the ‘official community’ to preside at their Eucharist and vice versa. An ‘official bishop’ invited an ‘unofficial priest’ to preach the retreat for his Sisters; when civil authorities complained, the bishop defended the priest’s actions, with good result.