To the editor:
I am grateful to Dr. Spaulding (“Each has his own mission,” May issue) for his respectful insights regarding my letter to the editor. I did not mean to suggest that Catholics are able to expend an equal amount of passion regarding each life issue. Time, finances, expertise, personal history and other factors determine the intensity of one’s response to any problem. That is why I chose the words “spare some of that fervor.”
My concern is with those who focus on one magisterial issue to the exclusion of the rest. Christians who decide to ignore the rights of the unborn while exclusively promoting another social-justice issue equally dishearten me. The Church does not require us to have equal passion for every teaching, but rather to support her teachings with concrete deeds. It is a matter of the will not of passion. I may not support passionately the Church’s teaching on every life issue. However, I must ask myself what I am doing for the causes that I am not passionate about. Concrete deeds make faith visible and real.
Finally, I do not question the right of the faithful to criticize constructively the leadership of bishops. What I object to is a criticism that does not recognize the positive contributions of our leaders. Many of the faithful are vocal only when our pastors and bishops fall from grace, make mistakes or fail to preach the message that they want to hear. Priests, pastors and bishops need our support more than ever. That support should be challenging yet charitable. It should offer positive criticism and constructive advice.
Robert J. DiFulio