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Where is the church’s message of love?

House Majority Leader John Boehner Ohio gestures during Capitol Hill news conference Thursday April 6 2006. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a Capitol Hill news conference, Thursday, April 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:21AM

Where is church’s message of love?

I am a regular churchgoing Catholic of Chicago. I was born and raised in Chicago. I belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chicago. I also attend St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Douglas, Mich. One parish is thriving in Lake View. The other is a struggling, empty church.

I am a graduate of St. Gerald’s Catholic School in Oak Lawn. I am also a graduate of Marist High School. I was fortunate to learn the mass as an altar boy, and I enjoy the mass and the Catholic Church. Every Sunday, I look forward to being in town and being able to attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The message is one of hope and love — to be all that you can be, but to also help others. This is the message of Jesus. This is the message that has made this parish so successful.

I am always amazed when I hear my family or friends complain about their churches. I am 48 years old, and I know very few people who attend Catholic Church on a regular basis. I understand they do not hear a positive message. If they did, they would love their parish as I do. I see churches that struggle to fill their Sunday masses.

That is why I am so surprised by Cardinal Francis George’s message on gay marriage. It saddens me that we have such a man leading our archdiocese. I wonder what the leaders of the church must be thinking? I was taught to treat everyone equally and not discriminate against anyone.

Why does the church choose to go to war against the very people who need it? I see the cardinal reference the mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, then I see him transfer our spiritual leader from that very same church.

I pray for the cardinal and the Archdiocese and the Catholic Church worldwide. We look to the church for hope and inspiration in our lives. I pray that this message and the leaders who preach it will return to our beloved church.

Robert Fisher, Lake View

Republicans made a big mistake

Over the past several months we have witnessed a plethora of GOP blunders. But perhaps the biggest mistake was the shaft given to the victims of Superstorm Sandy, delivered by congressional Republicans under the leadership of John Boehner. There seems to be no plausible explanation, amid speculation of retaliation against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for saying something positive about President Barack Obama. Boehner failed to call for a vote that would have meant not only needed dollars, but also badly needed moral support to people in this region.

Phil Ware, South Holland

A hypocrite on health care

Like anyone with a heart, I am delighted that Sen. Mark Kirk is recovering from his stroke, and I wish him well personally.

Like anyone with a brain, I am appalled that he says he would still vote against the Affordable Care Act, even though so-called “ObamaCare” would not have allowed Kirk himself to get the rehabilitation he has needed to return to work. Kirk is lucky enough to have savings and retirement funds with which to pay for more extensive rehab than the ACA gives all Americans access to, but he still begrudges his fellow citizens even that much access to health care.

Bill Savage, Rogers Park

Let Cowher coach Bears

Get Bill Cowher to coach the Chicago Bears, and we’re headed to the Super Bowl. We have needed some “Grabowski” type football for a long time, and Cowher is tough and can handle the job.

Alice Oskvarek, Oak Lawn

Pay more locally for teacher pensions

Many local taxing bodies pay, on average, 0.58 percent to their teachers’ pension fund, and teachers pay 9 percent of salary toward their own pensions. The State of Illinois is expected to pick up a very large percentage of the remaining cost (up to 29 percent). Some state representatives feel it is wrong to burden the community where these teachers work with higher contributions.

Unlike with federal Social Security where workers and businesses must pay the taxman 6.2 percent, our state has chosen not to contribute to the fund for a number of years. These local taxing bodies are demanding more from the State and the teachers. If the teachers were expected to ultimately collect Social Security, their contribution share would be 6.2 percent. Maybe those local taxing bodies should contribute an amount equal to the teachers’ contribution.

Scott R. Zuhr, Park Ridge

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