I am writing in response to the commentary written by Frank Bruni titled "A Catholic classmate rethinks his religion." [Please see the Com mentary page in Monday’s Transcript.]
Mr. Bruni erroneously pits intelligence against the Catholic faith as if they oppose each other. We must understand that faith is not due to our intelligence and the lack of faith is not due to our ignorance. Faith is a gift from the divine. Being a Christian does not require an education, for being a Christian is an education. Education is only as valuable as it leads one to truth.
Never has there been such a time when so many people worldwide have been so educated, yet, we have such little arrival at truth. There are plenty of scholars in the world. Look at the state of the world! The world is in need of more saints. Maybe we are simply educated in the wrong things.
Once education enhanced students to think of the big questions as to why we are here, what is our purpose in life and what happens at the end of life.
Mr. Bruni seems to convey that being a Christian leads one to become judgmental and hateful towards others. This misrepresents a true follower of Christ. You could not point to a single person that truly loves and follows Christ and is mean to his fellow man. To fully have Christ is to operate in love. Rather, one can easily see that as man loses faith, they then become selfish and even cruel. As man loses faith in divinity he also loses faith in humanity. This is witnessed where God has been outlawed, man has been subjugated.
Mr. Bruni writes of a medical doctor that easily throws away all his beliefs, the treasure that he had in his younger years ... his Catholic faith. The Catholic Church, the treasure I know and personally witness, consists of saints, martyrs, world-wide missions, hospitals, schools, food banks, AIDS hospices and soup kitchens. This church consists of the most generous people putting their faith into living action.
The medical doctor that Mr. Bruni writes of then goes on to use his gifts as an abortion provider, rather than healing life, he is now destroying life. I suggest that this physician read a book called "The Hand of God" written by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who is credited with creating what is known as the modern procedure of abortion and claims responsibility for more than 75,000 deaths as the director of the largest abortion facility in the world before he performed his last abortion in 1979. After witnessing through ultrasound how the baby in the womb actually struggles for life during an abortion procedure, he then converted and became the greatest advocate for the pro-life cause.
The polarization of people must stop. It is said that our nation is divided. This is be cause we love our arguments more than we love people, souls. It is too bad that the ac ceptance of faith and the fullness of truth will have the un fortunate quality of making the Christian hated by the world.