Bob Keeler's column on the bishops (“Bishops, get back to basics,” Sept. 27 and TribLIVE.com) is conventional, oh, so conventional, wisdom. Ol' Screwtape, C.S. Lewis' fictional demon, himself could not have served up more poisonous “advice” for the church.
Lack of popularity, lack of interest and embarrassment are not reasons to de-emphasize the message of chastity and monogamy. Extramarital sexual relations have done more damage — emotional, material and spiritual — to the poor than any other societal trend in the last 50 years.
The bishops do not get heard on their “progressive” issues because practicing Catholics, who are inclined to listen to their bishops, are suspicious of almsgiving done at someone else's expense, the core of “progressive” policy.
The bishops are not listening to us either and continue to try to defend our religious rights without defending our property rights.
Linda M. Gourash