Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

One of the reasons for starting a blog was frustration! As the lone advocate for the Catholic church here


I just got tired of getting kicked off by the very touchy editor.

The latest apparent infraction was my refusal to back down from my assertion that Patricia Crowley, of birth control commission fame, is pro-choice. In fact, I found two secondary sources on line calling her pro- abortion! I did say that I was going to get the Jeffrey M Burns book for more research, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0268008884/qid=1067955062/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/102-6899680-6441708?v=glance&n=507846

Apparently that wasn't good enough.

As fate would have it, I came upon this article the day after I was "banned." http://www.uffl.org/vol12/fehring12.pdf

This is the interesting part:
"As the abortion issue became prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the leadership of the CFM was also soft on the issue and questioned whether it is a woman's reproductive right or choice. In his history of the CFM, Jeffrey Burns explained that "despite the clear commitment of CMF at the grass roots to the pro-lfie movement, many accused the CFM leadership of dragging their feet on the abortion issue, or , more troubling, they accused CFM of being soft on abortion." (4, p.185) As in the 1960s with contraception, the ACT newsletter had an article questioning the ban on abortion and the issue was addressed at the CFM conventions. Burns explains that the CFM was inevitably soft on abortion because they had aligned themselves on the birth control issue with groups that were supporters of abortion. Thus, the Crowley's stance on birth control left them unable to respond to the moral challenge of the abortion debate. This serves as an example from history of the inevitable link between thet wo issues. The majority report also emphasizes that the couple themselves are the ultimate source in deciding what is truly good for them, an argument later used to support abortion."

This reminds of my grandma's old Lithuanian proverb, "If you lay with dogs, eventually you start to smell like one." Once the Crowley's had aligned themselves so closely with certain groups on the birth control issue, they couldn't disassociate themselves with those groups when they turned pro-abortion. The reasong for birth control could easily be used for abortion and in fact was.

These are issues that the Editor at BCCC apparently is unwilling or unable at this point to face.