I read with great interest the Oct. 9 column by E.J. Dionne. My hope is that you will give equal attention and publication to this response. The long-standing teachings of the Catholic Church are as follows:
God is the source of all life. We are to give glory, honor and justice to God first. The justice owed to God includes the moral responsibility of each individual to love and to serve all others as our selves, this includes the unborn, the disabled and the elderly.
God created man in his image, male and female he created them ... be fruitful and multiply. Genesis 1:27-28.
Life begins at conception — incarnation — Luke 1:32.
Evil intention: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, envy, indecency, slander, pride, folly, these come from within and make a man unclean — Mark 7: 14-23.
Insofar as you did this to the least of my breatheren you did this to me — Matthew 25:40
The living of these combined teachings will bring peace, harmony and tranquility to our whole existence. All other teachings are heresy.
The worldly teachings on social justice does not include the teachings that God is the source of all life. It is these teachings that give rise to the evil intentions that Jesus warned against.
Dionne should read the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a complete understanding of the teachings of Jesus that enrich the soul of the American Catholic. He should stop spreading an untruth which is also heresy.
JOAN B. PITRE
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