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Roaming Catholics

What is a Roaming Catholic? Is being a Roaming Catholic a tradition? The best response can be found in the reply that Tevye gave to a question in the story, “Fiddler on the Roof.” How did the tradition get started? Tevye: “I’ll tell you!” (Pause) “I don’t know. But it’s a tradition — and because of our traditions — every one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to do.” 

I thought of Roaming Catholics as I attended the funeral of Father Roger J. Levesque at St. Bernadette’s Church in Fall River. I saw several other Roaming Catholics there, and we all had one thing in common — we got to know and love Father Levesque from seeing him over the decades in the many different assignments he enjoyed during his 59 years of ordination. When one receives Communion from a priest, goes to him for Confession, attends his Masses, and listens to his homilies, a bond is developed. I was there to pay tribute to him as a result of this bond. So were many family, friends, and some 30-plus brother priests. It seemed so fitting to see the crucifix centered on the wall behind the altar, with Jesus looking down on the casket of one of His beloved servants, who had dedicated his life doing as Christ requested: “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Daryl Gonyon
Fall River

A picture of nature

In response to your article in The Anchor on page 20, “Clarification of Anchor cover on June 29,” I do not agree with you saying you were wrong and should have pulled that picture to support complaints about this being Gay Pride month.

First of all, rainbows have been in this world way before the LGBT movement adopted it as their symbol. A beautiful rainbow is a natural form of nature; when it rains and the sun comes out it forms a rainbow of beautiful colors. This comes from God, not the LGBT movement.

Father Tim’s picture and article definitely belonged on the front page of The Anchor. I praise Father Tim for taking such a lovely picture of nature, and God’s hands making that glorious rainbow to make people feel happy and able to smile.

People can complain but they need to see the true meaning of this picture.

Sharyn Fitzgerald
East Freetown

We all have free will

I read with great interest your article on “Immigration, Church Teaching and Political Calculus.” I felt I wanted to respond and share my opinion.

I supported President Clinton not because he supported legal abortion but because he led the country in peace and prosperity with intelligence and empathy for all.

Abortion is a choice one makes because of many different circumstances. We, as most Catholics and other religious people, would not choose abortion, but we live our lives differently and most have not been subjected to rape or incest that can be traumatizing. But with early intervention, pregnancy could be prevented. It is wrong to abort a baby and we should give them options. Some people are so desperate that they will harm themselves if left to their own options. We can help people make the right decisions, but since the beginning of time, God gave all of us a free will. Our choices may lead us to suffer the consequences, but God is also all-knowing, just and merciful, and whatever God does to punish or forgive us is what we deserve.

I am a Democrat because I believe they work for the common good of all. I believe all elected officials are supposed to stand up for what is right for the country and the world. They should not do the NRA’s bidding, and they should not be passing legislation that favors the rich and corporations to reduce their fair share of taxes while bringing the country in further debt with eventual less money for the rest of us.

We should not ever elect a president like Trump (unfit, liar, cheater, etc.) who can do more overall harm than good for our country. Although he may nominate a Supreme Court judge who might be more conservative in his opinions, they are not supposed to be biased under party lines as they did when they stopped the counting of the vote when Gore was running. That was historically wrong. 

Thank you for sharing your thoughtful feelings.

Evelyn Laliberte 

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