Our Readers Respond-June 27, 2012

Thank you, Msgr. Pflomm
Msgr. Peter J. Pflomm is a wonderful priest who has been pastor of Maria Regina Church in Seaford for the past 12 years.  In May 2004, my dad was in the hospital, very sick and nearing the end of his earthly life. I called the rectory to ask if Father Peter could come to the hospital to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. I was told, however, that a message would be left for him and that he may not be able to come soon.

To our surprise, within a very short period of time, Father Peter was at my father’s bedside administering the sacrament and offering us comfort and love. Although he may not have realized it, his caring and giving of his time at that moment meant everything to us and we will never forget it.

I often go to confession to Msgr. Peter and he gives such encouraging and supportive advice and counsel. He understands what we all go through in life and tries to make us become more loving towards others. I always feel Jesus’ forgiveness and peace when I leave the confessional with him. I will miss Msgr. Pflomm very much. He has enhanced the parish with the addition of many beautiful ministries which will enable Maria Regina to continue to spread God’s love and caring in numerous ways. Thank you Msgr. Peter for your dedication and service to our parish! Jesus’ Blessings to you always!!
Stephen Grande
North Massapequa

Defend religious freedom
During the Fortnight for Freedom days may the minds and hearts of all Catholics be focused on the importance of “defending our faith” and fighting for our “religious freedom.”
Although many seem to believe the issue here is solely focused on Church teachings and various views on contraception, this is not the case.

The pertinent important issue here is about “religious freedom” which is being threatened, compromised and diminished, not only for ourselves, but for all Americans.

Our forefathers suffered, sacrificed and struggled to practice their faith, free of persecution not only for themselves but for all generations to come. This American freedom, earned by our Founding Fathers, was based on “One Nation Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice For All.”

By the HSS mandates our government is presently telling our Catholic people to no longer practice their freedom on conscience nor the freedom to practice and to live out that which is a very part of their fiber.

This is, at the very least, way too much government and it is also unconstitutional.

One should realize that if we don’t do anything about this now, it could be the beginning of the end of the fundamental right that is the hallmark of our great nation, “religious freedom,” and many other American liberties.

Please pray, sacrifice, speak up to your families, friends, fellow parishioners and the members of the United States Congress.

As this Fortnight For Freedom comes to a close on the Fourth of July, let us all make this a true “Independence Day” that will remain as such in the lives of our children and our children’s children.

God Bless America.
Sherry and Paul Durnan
Rockville Centre

Restore reverence
Though I don’t presume on people’s consciences, it seems we are now in a society that is inured to sin, now a laughable concept. Some things never change.  We must be in a state of grace to receive the Blessed Sacrament. Seeing people who you know are contracepting, cohabitating, killing themselves with drugs, etc. receiving is not only wrong but causes scandal in the congregation. Those pre-Vatican II days showed that people had consciences and were very aware of sin, maybe too scrupulously at times, but aware. This generation of youth see mortal sin being committed on TV and it is considered entertainment. I’m glad I have my scrupulous conscience and I examine it daily.  To “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood” one must be in a proper disposition and be Catholic. If anyone can receive, why don’t we invite Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, etc. to join us?  There have been instances where people have taken the Host out of the church to desecrate it. People have found Hosts on the floor and in missalettes. We have to restore reverence for the Body and Blood of Our Lord and maybe the occasional homily about preparing oneself for the sacrament, especially by the sacrament of reconciliation. Our dear priests could really restore a sense of importance to not being in serious sin when approaching the altar, maybe mentioning specific sins that have corrupted and changed the destiny of the 21st century Church.

Rosemary Wolffe,
Lake Grove

Moral maturity
From Pierre de Chardin, “Moral maturity is reached on the day we realize that we really have only two choices in life: genuflect before something higher or begin to self-destruct.”

Laity finding its voice having reached moral maturity has been promoted in many TLIC articles.  Laity pursuing baptismal responsibilities is exactly what the nuns are doing by choosing to pursue social justice issues which ARE consistent with Church teaching, which are in fact voiced by the USCCB, but hardly ever addressed from parish ambos or appearing in parish bulletins.

The nuns currently “on the bus,” for example, are addressing the issue of the Paul Ryan budget NOT being consistent with Catholic social teaching, with the safety net for the have-nots possibly being obliterated.

It FEELS like the nuns are being gone after by the hierarchical church for being morally mature, for having conscience decide, for one, that the life issues they are addressing deal with those who have been born, are NOT going against the Church’s attention to the pre-born.

And not for the first time, I’ve wondered why it is that The Long Island Catholic has NOT had articles against this proposed budget, how it is not consistent with our faith.

And I’ve wondered if TLIC is itself being “immoral” by not presenting other pressing social justice issues, not instead of, but in ADDITION to what it deems important.

There are many of us out here hungry to hear of how “the defense of life at all stages” (post-born, the have-nots) is being threatened and what Catholic morality should look like, or can look like.
The nuns DO exemplify this, they are morally mature leaders.
Barbara Androu,
Valley Stream