To the editor: After reading comments and letters in The News-Item, I felt I had to weigh in on the Lourdes teaching firing.
I know I will take a lot of heat for this, but she apparently willfully chose to live four years out of wedlock with a man. She willfully planned and chose to have a baby out of wedlock. She willfully chose not to marry this man before or after the fact. She is well within her right to do so. She is also well within her right to her views on morality. We all have free will. I also like to believe that they love each other; but, if so, why not make a commitment before God and witnesses that you do and enter into marriage?
She was employed by a Catholic school that is part of the Catholic Church. I’m sure she was well aware of the conditions of her employment. In my opinion, she thumbed her nose at the precepts of the church and the school that employed her by her actions. You reap what you sow. Do not put yourself out as a victim or heroine; you put forth a wrongful example to the young girls under your tutelage.
To all the people who are yelling hypocrisy — two wrongs don’t make a right.
As far as young students getting pregnant, they are young girls who made a mistake and need support. That’s not the same as an adult who planned her actions.
As far as leaving the church, priests and bishops are not the church, and what they did, they will answer for. We, the people, are the church. Christ founded the church and, when you leave, you turn your back on Him.
I say good luck to this couple and God bless them, but what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.
As far as the Lourdes school board position as presented in the press, in my opinion they are caving to presumed public opinion and scrambling to do damage control. As far as the Very Rev. Edward Quinlan’s response to this situation, I believe he threw Sister Bednar under the bus by saying the ball is in her court.
Finally, I think Sister Bednar did the right thing. As the Christian pastor A.W. Tozer once said, “We cannot afford to let down our Christian standards just to hold the interest of people who want to go to hell and still belong to a church.”
Christ did say, ‘He who is without sin. ...” He also said, “Go and sin no more.”
Yes, I believe in sin. I carry and will carry a lot on my soul and will suffer for it, but I keep trying.