Sunday, August 17, 2003

Readers' Views

Female voices need to be heard by church


The former priest whose letter characterized the sexual abuse and molestation of children and adolescents by priests as "hanky-panky" reveals the church's true problem ("Catholic Church must embrace healing," Aug. 12). Talking about these crimes and "the disease" without mentioning the diagnosable mental disorder of pedophilia, and instead targeting homosexuality, misses the mark. Even the Catholic Catechism recognizes the intrinsic worth of the homosexual person.

Yes, the recent actions of the Anglican Church should be a wake-up call. He is a homosexual man who is serving God's people. He is not a molester or pedophile. The "deep and deadly sickness" is not a 50 percent gay clergy. It is the criminal and immoral acts of male priests who are judged, disciplined and protected by other males with no regard for the female voice in the Catholic Church. It is "sick and deadly" that not one woman's voice counts behind the closed doors of the hierarchal Church.

If the Roman Catholic Church is "to be Christ" then it must recognize the feminine face of God. I will offer a "healing embrace to our brothers in Christ" for I believe that Jesus would embrace the fallen brother. But isn't it time, especially in the harsh light of rampant and repeated sexual abuse, for the male hierarchal Church to consider, "What would Mary do?"

Laurie Stober, College Hill


A few good words about church article

I just returned from traveling and sorted through last week's newspapers. My favorite item was Peter Bronson's column: ("Next generation of churches is alive in Vineyard," Aug. 10). I appreciated his positive remarks regarding churches with a contemporary style and strong Bible base, the gentle criticism of the mainline Protestant status quo, and the candid observations on the homosexual issue.

Johnny Pressley, Chairman of the Theology Department, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary


Voice of Faithful just some dissidents

The Enquirer's Aug. 10 editorial heaps praise on the recent activities of Voice of the Faithful in Cincinnati. Founded in the wake of the sex-abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church in 2002, VOTF has presented itself as an apolitical voice of Church reform.

In fact, the organization has become an umbrella group of Catholic dissidents who are anything but "faithful" to Church doctrine. VOTF's Web site includes as "recommended reading" books that urge the ordination of women, an end to clerical celibacy, and defiance of Church teachings on abortion and sexuality.As to VOTF's allegation that the early Church was "more democratic," it's simply bad history. The form of the Church was established by Christ, with the Pope and the bishops serving as successors to Peter and the Apostles.

Rich Leonardi, Hyde Park


Try better uses for Lunken income

The letter ("Lunken latest chance to boost city, income," Aug. 14) regarding Lunken is right on. However, let's talk about simpler things that could be done with the increased tax revenue from Lunken Airport expansion.

Instead of subways and light rail, what about saving yard waste collection and recycling, neither of which is budgeted beyond 2003? Or how about the Banks project and the convention center expansion, both of which would increase tax revenue in the future but the money for which was recently spent on the questionable Convergys deal?

It must be a council election year. Jim Tarbell and Alicia Reece must be the only ones not playing politics with the city's future.

Bryan Snyder, Mount Washington


Gore merely speaks truth about Bush

In the letter ("False impressions a Gore specialty," Aug. 14) the writer accused Al Gore of self-righteous elitism when actually Gore is just pointing out the facts - that President Bush has lied about events and programs that affect all Americans adversely. Bill Clinton's lie affected his family and no one else, and Clinton's lie did not get one single American killed. Big difference!

As for elitism, I suppose the writer is familiar with the Bush-Gore similarities in backgrounds. Both are from wealthy, influential political families and both attended elite private high schools, and both men graduated from Ivy League schools.

You can't call one an elitist and not the other. One man just tries to hide his background and presents himself as a rough and tumble, "bring 'em on" Texan. As for the little hook the writer used to try to discredit Gore by referring to his fund-raising at the Buddhist temple, you can bet that if he had really done wrong, the Republicans would have impeached him. Gore included plenty of facts about Bush's false impressions in his speech.

There is absolutely no doubt that the president has deliberately misled the nation into believing that war was necessary to protect America from imminent attack, that Iraq was responsible for Sept. 11, that tax cuts for the wealthy will bring on a healthy economy, that the air will be cleaner when we lower pollution standards, that forests will be healthier when we allow logging companies to clear the land of our biggest trees, and that children will be smarter and better educated when we test them over and over and over. Now, just who are the bamboozled public?

Marty Hanon, Delhi Township


Hey, let's hold our own recall election!

I love the recall election that they are doing in California. Can we do that in Ohio? Maybe we can get rid of the politicians who voted to impose that 20 percent sales tax increase.

John E. Becker, Eastgate


Remember: It's the jobs, stupid

Does anyone, besides me, remember the slogan, "It's the economy, stupid?" Day after day, I read in the paper and hear on the news, that the economy is bad, unemployment is low. How come President George W. Bush, Gov. Bob Taft, the senators, the representatives, everyone else, doesn't holler "It's the jobs, stupid."

I am tired of seeing our jobs go to Mexico, Costa Rica and India, while more and more of our college graduates can't find jobs.

Offer tax incentives to businesses to create new jobs. If they insist in taking jobs out of the country, make them pay tax penalties so it won't be so economically beneficial for them to take our jobs away.

We've sat back for years and watched manufacturing jobs leave the country and didn't say anything, now we watch information technology jobs, back-office jobs and white-collar jobs leaving in great numbers.

Please, Cincinnati and America, join me in shouting to our leaders: "It's the jobs, stupid"!

Donna K. Tumbleson, Felicity

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