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October 31, 2004

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John Hetman

For all those who don't want politics in Church literature, please advise pastors who allow 8th Day Center for Justice and Pax Christi propaganda to be placed in their bulletins. You can be absolutely certain that these "Catholic" organizations will never take a stand opposing abortion or same-sex marriages.

Henry Dieterich

A priest in a large church here who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to anger his bishop said he has declined to let presidential politics enter his church. "The community is divided enough," he said.

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" (Mt 10:34-35).

Henry Dieterich

A priest in a large church here who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to anger his bishop said he has declined to let presidential politics enter his church. "The community is divided enough," he said.

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" (Mt 10:34-35).

Ignatius

If the good Bishop were serious about protecting marriage, he'd be promoting an amendment to the Constitution to prevent Evangelicals from getting married since their divorce rate is 50% higher than the national average and since divorce does real rather than symbolic harm to the family.

From yesterday's Boston Globe:

The Associated Press, using data supplied by the US Census Bureau, found that the highest divorce rates are to be found in the Bible Belt. The AP report stated that "the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average of 4.2 per thousand people." The 10 Southern states with some of the highest divorce rates were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. By comparison nine states in the Northeast were among those with the lowest divorce rates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

WRY

When 95 percent of Catholics reject the church's teaching authority it is not a good harbinger of the church's chances of swaying people on *anything.*

(Source for the 95 percent? According to polls I've read, the percentage of Catholics who use artificial birth control)

I'm not tryin to make any grand statement. I do approve of bishops teaching. But something seems to have gone awry over the years in the field of catechesis.

Davi(d)


(1) Divorce harms families. (2) People get divorced. (3) Lets solve the problem with gay marriage.

Makes perfect sense to me.

Cheryl

Bishop Zubik is one of the good guys. He's well-liked and very articulate in explaining Catholic teaching. May his star continue to rise.

We miss him here in Pittsburgh, where he was an auxiliary bishop before his appointment in Green Bay...

Jane M

When studying statistics it is always important to consider the wide picture. Are there more divorces in the south because there are more marriages?

sj

I assume that when the term "divorce rate" is used that means the number of divorces per thousand marriages, which would neutralize the effect of the relative number of marriages. That being said, it's quite a jump to go from the high divorce rate among Southerners to presume that that means there is a high divorce rate among evangelicals, just because many in the South are evangelical.

Tim Young

Let's see, the national average is 4.2/1000, and it's 50% higher in "the south". That makes the rate 6.3/1000 in the south, for a difference of 2.1/1000. Expressed as a percent, that makes a staggering difference of 0.2%!! What is this miniscule absolute difference supposed to tell us about marriage in the "Bible belt"?

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