To the Journal editor:
Thanks to Dave Bonsall (Aug. 25 Letter to the Editor) for an opportunity to highlight the beauty of Catholic Church teaching. I am happy to hear Pope Francis reiterate the Church's insistence that all people have equal dignity.
This truth is a foundation of our western way of life, compliments of the Christian teaching that the dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God. This is why even secular Americans have long recognized the notion of equal human rights for all.
The core of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection. Jesus is the head of his body, the church. Can one who loves Christ yet lacks love for his one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church be a Catholic? Catholics are called to total commitment to Christ, his church and its teachings.
One would not be exaggerating to state that the Catholic Church teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality is a cornerstone of the edifice of Truth that leads to happiness, both in this life and in the next.
Abstinence until marriage, openness to life, faithful natural marriage until death, total mutual self-giving in marriage and family life all contribute to joyful spouses, loved children with responsible parents, flourishing communities and a prosperous nation.
On the other hand, the terrible fallout of not living this truth is all around us: broken families, sexually transmitted diseases, pornography and drug addiction, abortion, the burdens of single parenthood and on and on.
Catholic Church teaching respects women by honoring their awesome capacity to nurture love and life while welcoming their role in the greater society.
This has been called the "genius of women" by blessed Pope John Paul II. Anyone desiring to understand the Church's great respect for women can read his "Letter to Women" simply by searching for it on the Internet.
Sadly, Mr. Bonsall hopes for a "more relevant" church. His hopes include notions that have been discussed for decades and have all been acknowledged as attempts to change the Catholic Church into a "Church of What's Happening Now." A church that follows the whims of current fashion cannot be founded upon truth, as truth does not change.