Letters to the Editor for 11 December 2016

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighbourhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighbourhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Thank you Monica Doumit for asking the questions

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney, currently undertaking doctoral research in philosophy of religion. This is just a brief note to express my sincere gratitude for the work that you have done with The Catholic Weekly; I am very impressed with the revamp. In particular, I would like to highlight the articles of one Monica Doumit who, to my mind, has demonstrated immense courage in composing such fine and balanced responses, particularly with respect to Cardinal Pell and the Royal Commission more generally. I was also very impressed by her astuteness and obvious intellectual vigour in noticing the potential problems with the new national professional standards body. Few have had the courage to say what she says. Please pass on my thanks to her.

Fr Greg Morgan
Mansfield College
Oxford

Castro’s soulmates were not confined to Cuba

What brings on violence? Last week many of our national media mourned the death of Fidel Castro, as if he were a great benefactor. To most, he was better known as a “Man symbol”. He personified the dark ideals of his communist Revolution in their most radical and violent aspects. Some Australian state governments have introduced the not-so-Safe Schools Coalition which, under the guise of an anti-bullying program is really an educational tool amounting to child abuse. The Queensland Parliament has just introduced another abortion bill and like Victoria, it allows for abortion up to the time of birth. How gruesome. We have a 40-year-old Family Law Act with its no-fault divorce provision, which changed marriage from a lasting to a temporary contact, causing much violence between frustrated current or ex partners. Meanwhile, increased social violence comes back to the laws we have allowed our own Fidel Castro soul mates to pass in Parliaments.

Robert Bom
West Rockhampton, QLD