Our Readers Respond- January 12, 2011

Prayers for church bombing victims

One month ago our family had the opportunity to attend a Latin-Rite Mass in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria. After the liturgy we were hosted by this small community of Christians in the church basement where we met the Franciscan celebrant and members of his congregation. It was one of the memorable parts of our visit to Egypt. We were shocked to read that within the month a Coptic Christian church in the same city was the object of a bomb which killed 21 and wounded 70 people. Two days later we received a phone call from Alexandria which was a plea for our prayers with an urgent request to ask for prayers from as many as possible here in America. We pass that plea on to your readers knowing that they will respond.

Prayers are also needed that peaceful and just solutions may be found by our leaders which will create the conditions leading to lasting peace for all religions and peoples.

Kathy & George Gerardi
Long Beach

Bigoted “art”

I respectfully disagree with my fellow parishioner Joe Bellon’s attempted rehabilitation of David Wojnarowicz’s bigoted piece of “art,” which was on display at the Smithsonian (TLIC, 1/5). A product of human invention, whose raison d’etre is to inflict moral suffering on others, can be called many things, but art is not one of them. And when Catholics provide cover for such overt acts of sacrilege, they act as enablers for what Professor Philip Jenkins has rightfully referred to as “the last acceptable prejudice” in America.

John L. Stehn
Port Washington

In heavenly peace

In April 2009 my 30-year old nephew, Michael Clancy, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. This is an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer (only 5 percent of those diagnosed are alive a year later). Mike was blessed with 18 more months of life. He watched the midnight Mass from the Vatican on Christmas Eve and peacefully went home to the Lord on Christmas morning.

In addition to so many prayers, cards, and other expressions of love, Michael received a gift subscription to The Long Island Catholic. He enjoyed getting mail, and this was something he looked forward to reading each week. I am so glad he was able to have this regular reminder of God’s continued presence in the world.

We grieve for the family, but rejoice that Michael now “sleeps in heavenly peace.”

Kevin Clancy