Our Readers Respond-August 22, 2012

St. Ignatius retreat house
I was both shocked and saddened when I read in The Long Island Catholic (8/8/12) of the closing of St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House.

When my husband passed away, I attended a weekend silent retreat at the house. Walking along its wooded paths and sitting in the gazebo as the small stream ran under it was indeed restful, and healing. I came back a couple of times for other programs.

I am sure many Church professionals have tried to come up with a solution to save this most important Long Island historical site.

What a shame if this beautiful building and its private chapel inside would have to be destroyed.
Perhaps selling the surrounding land would save the building. Since the front of the building is covered with carvings of fairy tale creations, maybe it could be used as a children’s home or school or senior citizen home. I pray that a solution will be found.
Mary Marzano

Vice must be condemned
I read your column (“The First Amendment versus the arrogance of government  power,” TLIC 8/8) with interest, and agreed with much of it; up to a point; but in a country that increasingly yields to moral corruption on grounds of constitutionally given “rights,” I find the document wanting when it comes to the free pass, the almost “blessing” it confers on those who violate the natural law where morals are concerned, as if America and its laws take precedence over everything else. Talk about hubris.

Regarding First Amendment rights, it’s one thing to honor no “abridging the freedom of speech,” quite another to honor an obvious evil by simply letting it stand unaddressed. Let stand then, vocally unopposed, every expression of evil on the basis of “freedom of speech.” What a distortion of “rights.” What a guarantee for evil to succeed. No, it’s not enough to argue a case made by the mere reiteration of our belief. More than a bow to the First Amendment, virtue requires vociferous condemnation of vice in the public square.
Terence O’Flanagan, M.D.
Rockville Centre


TLIC does disservice to abuse victims
On June 22, Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia was convicted of endangering children. This is the first case in the United States of a priest being found guilty of covering up sexual abuse of minors by other priests. Indeed, this was major news. However, The Long Island Catholic did not report this event.

TLIC did a disservice to its readers choosing to ignore Msgr. Lynn’s conviction. But more significantly it has added to the suffering of the victims.

As editor of this newspaper you may want to sweep the sexual abuse crisis under the carpet, but those victims cannot ignore their pain. A 10-year-old child who was abused 50 years ago is now 60 years old and suffers the effects of the abuse every day.
Tom Myles