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Catholics, immigration

I am always dismayed when I read or hear about so-called "Catholic" groups who talk about supporting immigrants, saying that our ancestors were immigrants too, and inferring that we are less than Christian when we don't support their program. But invariably it turns out that they are really talking about illegal immigrants. My ancestors were legal, and I support them all the way.

Many supporting immigrants don't want to admit the truth, which is that many of these "poor, downtrodden souls" are drug and sex traffickers, terrorists and criminals or at the least, mules carrying drugs across the border. Their aim? The degradation of American people. Did I mention that are also bringing TB along with them?

The argument we hear is that their children are innocent and do not deserve to suffer, so we cannot deport them. If we follow that line of thinking, then we cannot put criminals in jail who have children because the children will suffer unfairly.

They took our jobs and claimed they were jobs no one wanted. I had three of those low-paying jobs when I was raising my family alone. I noticed that during this last recession, many of these immigrants fled back to Mexico and many Americans filled those positions. Many were the elderly and minorities.

Why should illegals get scholarships for college when many American children do not?

When San Diego built a fence across the border, crime dropped 60 percent and in Yuma, Arizona, it dropped 90 percent.

Jen Benbow

Family under attack

The topic of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics has been, and will be, in the news pending the Synod on the Family this October. First, there is no doubt that the annulment process needs to be improved; there are marriages that were never valid for any number of reasons that could be annulled to allow people to remarry.

But the agenda to change traditional Church teaching has been pushed by Cardinal Walter Kasper and other German bishops. It's not the first time that Germans have gone astray (think Nietzsche, Freud, Hitler, etc.).

Faithful bishops in Germany, Poland and the US, among others, have rejected this proposal for a change in Church dogma that attacks the sacrament of marriage and the family. Don't doubt it — the family is under attack, and it started where all of the current moral evils and deviations started, with the acceptance of contraception. But that's another subject.

Jack Hockel
Walnut Creek

A true holocaust

Please educate your audiences, whether parishioners, teachers, bishops and our priests, of the tens of thousands of Christians, especially women and little children, being sought out today and every day even as you read this.

They are being slaughtered or sold into the sex slave trade, especially those children between 1 and 9 years old, throughout the Middle East. This is a true holocaust, and we are turning our faces away again, just as we did in 1915 and 1942.

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

LeVerne and Mary Naffziger
Bardstown, Kentucky

Supreme Court ruling

I am very concerned regarding the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage.

I sent a letter to each of the justices regarding my concerns. If each of us Catholics would write and express this same concern, they will hear us, especially if The Vatican, our bishops and priests, would express their concern.

Parts of what I wrote to the justices included a reminder that three years ago California voters said the only legal marriage was between a man and a woman, and that our elected officials take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the state. It does not include the caveat of supporting only the parts of the Constitution one likes, or confers constitutionality-determining powers. Our elected officials abdicated their responsibility, and did so in a manner that seriously undermined the position the people have in the initiative process in California, and all other states in the United States.

I reminded them of the problems with a gay lifestyle. I gave several examples of public figures, coaches, teachers, police, who followed a gay lifestyle and were convicted of child abuse.

What are our public officials thinking when they continue to support this destructive gay lifestyle, and attempt to treat it as natural as the relationship between a man and a woman?

For thousands of years, every society in the world has accepted a legal marriage as between a man and a woman. Every society, up until the last 100 years, has accepted that God created the world, and the first man and woman and parents, Adam and Eve, and the next generations of parents, always a man and a woman.

Now our government is teaching our children the relationship between same sex persons will be accepted as a legal marriage, and this very unnatural relationship is now being taught to our children in our schools.

Help protect children (and adults) from this very negative and destructive lifestyle.

Rich Peterson

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