Whenever I have an article published I generally get email response. Sometimes it’s quite large and other times there are only a few emails. Often people are very generous in their response to my writing, for which I am abundantly grateful. Sometimes people are really funny. I’m still chuckling over the few people who wrote to tell me that the line in my NFP article saying that the Loch Ness monster does not exist was uneducated and misinformed.
I’m offering no retractions on Nessie.
Nor am I offering any retractions or revisions of my opinion with regard to Sarah Palin’s nomination, in spite of some of the nastiest emails I’ve ever received.
Mary Ellen – In light of the revelation of her daughters out-of-wedlock
pregnancy, your need to rewrite your article if you ever expect me to take you
seriously on work/woman/family issues again. Although she is not Catholic, this
SIN (sex outside of marriage between consenting adults) suggests that her
"balancing act" is not working very well. Further, the best option for this
situation may not be the best option!! We need a Catholic verses a
superficial "oops-evangelical" perspective on this. God Bless. Thanks, JIM –
Evidently Jim has the mistaken impression that women who do not work outside the home are able to raise children that make no mistakes and commit no sins. It’s simply not true and it trivializes the very real pain of having a child who made a choice that not only separates them from God but also changes their life irrevocably. Being a stay-at-home mom does not guarantee perfect children. Being Catholic and having well catechized children does not guarantee perfect children. Neither does homeschooling, private schooling, or anything else short of locking them in a closet until they are thirty.
We are a fallen people and there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to sexual sins. Teenagers falling prey to their urges and using bad judgment is age old and as long as their is sin in the world there will be people to commit them. I’m not by any means saying that we should expect our children to behave badly nor should we shield them from the consequences of their actions However, when they fall we should be there to pick them up, to show them love and forgiveness and to help them make the right and moral choices.I think the Governor and her husband have done that. We should never treat a baby as a punishment (like that other guy running says he would). No where have I seen it reported that they are proud of their daughter’s behavior. The statement says that they are proud of Bristol’s choice to have the baby and they are proud to be grandparents.
“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all
our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol
came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up
faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to
have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces
the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional
love and support." – Gov. Sarah Palin
She kind of strikes me as not loving the sin but loving the sinner. Gee, where could she have picked that up? The Bible? Church? Certainly not the New York Times or the Democratic caucus. They all have it backwards. Loving the sins-wise.
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have some difficult times ahead but I have to tell you any woman, regardless of age and circumstance, who faces an unplanned pregnancy and choses to see unplanned joy has my support. This young woman could have snuck off and had an abortion and no one would have ever known. Obviously she has the kind of relationship with her parents where she knows she can come to them and seek help and find forgiveness. I can’t see anything wrong with that.
As for the argument that Palin should not run for public office since she has young children, I’d like to see you tell Nancy Pelosi that. Her children are grown now but she’s been around a while and raised five children while working. She’s been uncharacteristically quiet through all of this. Also, to my knowledge, no one has ever criticized a Kennedy (male or female) for being in public office while the children of many branches of that clan have committed sins and caused scandal left, right and sideways. And could someone tell me what happened to that whole, "the kids are off-limits", thing the press was so respectful of during the Clinton presidency.
So, Jim from Montana, I’m sorry you will no longer be able to take me seriously. I am truly grateful to you for reading my article and writing to me to express your opinion. I think provoking a response and getting discussions going is a good thing. I also appreciate that you refrained from calling me nasty names such as others felt compelled to do.
But I’m still not taking it back.