To the editor:
I was puzzled by a photo appearing on page 3 of your March 25 issue with the caption, “Protesting Iraq war.” Because of the very strong anti-Bush message displayed, and the curious proclamation of money needed to “save people,” I searched for a related article for an explanation of the photo. There was no such article. Who were these protestors? What “funding of social programs” were they promoting? How was this event related to our Catholic faith? I believe if the Rochester rally were to be covered by the Catholic Courier, it needed to include substantial description of purpose and relevance. Without this, it could be interpreted that the printing of the photo is a means for the Courier to impress its own political position; one which is not a universal Catholic sentiment.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Greater context indeed would have been helpful. It bears noting, however, that in early 2003, Pope John Paul II, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Matthew H. Clark and the Priests’ Council of the Diocese of Rochester all issued strong statements in opposition to the start of war in Iraq.