The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

February 8, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-8 | Homosexual inclinations reason for abuse

— Reading through the points Ed Price made in his letter (“Solving term limits, gun control, etc.”), published Feb. 5, his sentence about the Catholic priests really hit a nerve.

It seems logical to him that putting a priest who is not allowed to marry next to a young boy would invite abuse. Why doesn’t anybody say what this abuse really is about? It is a homosexual inclination.

When was the last time you heard about a priest abusing a little girl? Sure we have heard of relationships, but usually with adult women, and here you might mention the marriage clause. But all the abuse going on with young boys is simply because the Catholic church has been allowing too many gays into their seminaries and now we are suffering the consequences.

Homosexual pedophiles is what the problem should be called. I am tired of hearing the laws of the church being trashed without any understanding.

Read the book “Goodbye! Good Men” by Michael Rose. He writes about the rejection of good men for the priesthood while encouraging gay seminarians. You will find our diocese (Altoona-Johnstown) mentioned in it.

I believe it’s necessary to call an evil by the correct name.

Anke Turco

Johnstown

Vital programs first on chopping block

We are dismayed to hear of the closing of the local affiliate of National Alliance

on Mental Illness due to lack of funding.

NAMI has helped many individuals and families who struggle with mental illness. We took a basic, 12-week course on coping with mental illness in the family and found it informative, helpful and supportive. 

Mental illness is the No. 1 cause of disability in our society. Just as one can have a heart attack, so one can experience a brain attack. Mental illness is a real disease that affects the body, mind and spirit. It can be caused by genetic predispositions and chemical interactions within the brain.

The medical profession continues to struggle with ways of treating it.

The stigma that accompanies mental illness causes people to turn away. If society would recognize mental illness as a major disease, it would provide adequate funding, as it does for other major diseases.

It’s a tragedy that one of the foremost needs of society is often the first to be placed on the chopping block of government funding.

Who do we talk to? Who do we contact? What do we do? Is the lack of support trickling down from the federal government, the state, local and county officials, the general public, or who?

We have money for the things that are important to us.

Noah and Sandy Martin

Johnstown

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