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New priest

For the past two editions of The Voice, I have read about 14-16 new priest assignments in parishes all over the East Bay.

Yet, Our Lady of Lourdes in Oakland appears to be constantly overlooked for getting a new pastor.

Churches in Concord, Fremont, Pinole and many more, have been assigned new pastors but for more than two years nothing has come to our parish by the lake.

The Jesuit community is wonderful, but guiding the parish is not their direct job and the folks at Lourdes are hungry for someone to minister to them directly.

We deserve a new parish priest.

R. Freitas

High school name

St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland has devoted 96 years to Catholic education. Thousands of alumni have supported the school throughout the years.

What a slap in the face not to include St. Elizabeth Campus as part of the name when it becomes a Cristo Rey school.

We do not care about the De La Salle name. They have their own, big, fancy, rich school in Concord.

When it reopens in 2018, do you want continued support from the proud graduates? Perhaps you should give the name more consideration and thought.

Agnes McGee

Common sense

Earl Rupp (Forum, May 8) was taken to task by letter writers Morris and Josephine Soublet (Forum, May 22), for a "lack of compassion and empathy."

Rupp's offense was to advocate personal responsibility — specifically, how to avoid poverty: "Don't have children unless you are married. Graduate from high school. Get a job… any job. Avoid consumer debt. Stay away from crime and other vices."

Rational individuals recognize Rupp's advice as common sense and a genuinely Christian concern. They're backed by sociological research from even the liberal Brookings Institution. And St. Paul himself counseled "that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Graduating from Wellesley in 1969, Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) criticized a 13.3 percent national poverty rate. As of 2015, after a 50-year, $22 trillion "War on Poverty," it was 13.5 percent. That's because rewarding indolence, illiteracy and illegitimacy guarantees more of the same; what we subsidize, we promote.

In 1965, Assistant Labor Secretary (and later U.S. Senator) Daniel Moynihan had warned that crumbling black families were producing a multi-generational "tangle of pathology," and recommended new family-strengthening initiatives. But HEW bureaucrats, enraged "feminists," and various race racketeers condemned Moynihan's report. So President Johnson punted, and we got what Moynihan predicted.

Meanwhile: trying to rationalize the objective evil of elective abortion, letter writer R. Zanker (Forum, May 22) misrepresents Thomas Aquinas's 13th century thinking, claiming he "believed the soul was created when the newborn took his first breath."

In fact, Aquinas's embryological ethics were consistent with modern Church precepts: "for just as a soul infuses another's body as soon as it's formed, so it was with Christ" ("Summa Theologica III," Q. 33).

Michael Arata

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