We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2013 Issue

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I have been a reader of more magazine for many years but have never felt compelled to respond to an article. Your article on women priests upset me greatly.No matter what they say, they are not priests. To be a priest in the Catholic Church you can only be a man. These women are not priests. You can not choose what you believe in the Catholic Church . To be a true Catholic you must embrace it all. If these women want to be priests join a different church. Jesus did not say to Mary Magdalene come join me and be a priest. She loved him and followed him.

Yes, we are placed on this earth to love and serve each other but not as we decide but as the Catholic Church ,which has existed for over 1,000 years decrees. I believe as do other faith filled people of God that when we follow Gods will ,not our own we are fulfilled in our Life. I have been an RN for over 25 years and live this every day in my care of patients.

Sincerely,
--Rosemary B. Sullivan

Dear Lesley,

I found the article "Cancer: A Huge Leap Forward" in More February 2013 eye-opening. As a breast cancer survivor, I have researched the disease, treatments and so-called progress a great deal, as well as the fund raising and spending. I follow it all in awe.

I was astonished that this article confirmed my suspicions with a medical professional admitting the truth. They don't want to cure the disease.

According to Dr Brian Drucker, "the goal is to turn cancer into a chronic disease like AIDS." The goal is not to cure cancer. I firmly believe this to be true. How despicable!

Cancer is an enormous business that is critical to the "success" of the ever-powerful pharmaceutical industry, not to mention the medical industry, fund raising organizations and limitless other leaches. If they cured it, the trillions of dollars they've had at their disposals would go away.

I knew it. I just didn't ever think I'd live long enough to hear someone say it, and you printed it.
--Joan Centanno

Hi,

I am writing about the "Secrets of Gorgeous Hair". I can guarantee that if I had the hair of any of these women, I could consider it gorgeous, even if I let it air dry without any product. Here's an idea for a story; how about secrets for those of us that do not have thick, glorious locks? So many of your readers (or soon to be former readers, judging from the online letters about the May issue) have thin, sparse hair from chemo or menopause or just life. How about giving us some tips on how to make our hair look great?

I have been a subscriber for many years, but I am doubtful that I will continue. Your magazine is just not relevant to my lifestyle or budget.

Sincerely,
--Ellen Musgrove

I cringed when I saw this title.  I have treatment resistant bipolar I with mixed episodes, complicated PTSD, ADHD, borderline personality disorder, and somatization disorder (I am a hot mess).  I also obtained a Master's from a prestigious university and rose through the ranks to be a Director of Human Resources focusing primarily on employee relations.  A few years ago I could have been in your article. 

However, the reason I cringe, is that after a horrific year, I was forced to disability retire.  My very creative psychiatrist has given up.  I have literally taken every medication but two, had electroconvulsive therapy 3 times in 10 years, been in weekly therapy for 12 years, been hospitalized at least 15 times, tried CBT, DBT, Hypnotherapy, group therapy, art therapy, etc.....

When I see "recovery", I am both glad and saddened.  Glad because in my lifetime I have seen an increase in awareness about mental illness and that many people can be valuable, contributing, successful people who happen to suffer with a chronic, life long illness. 

I am saddened because using the word recovered implies people can overcome and control their illness if they just do the "right" thing.  This is paradoxically both empowering for the newly diagnosed struggling to integrate the illness in their lives and disheartening for those of us who can't.

Love your magazine!
--Lisa Milne

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Hoyt06.21.2013

I am disappointed to watch More become another magazine for the 35-50 demographic. The occasional inclusion of a woman in her 60's is not enough to balance the focus on celebrities who are nearing or barely 40. There are many talented and interesting women in their 60's and 70's who have reinvented themselves several times and found fashion and a style that suits them. They have found a way to get "more" out of life, and I would like to read about them.
Unless I see some change back to the magazine I thought I was buying when I subscribed, I will allow my subscription to expire.

Hoyt06.21.2013

I am disappointed to watch More become another magazine for the 35-50 demographic. The occasional inclusion of a woman in her 60's is not enough to balance the focus on celebrities who are nearing or barely 40. There are many talented and interesting women in their 60's and 70's who have reinvented themselves several times and found fashion and a style that suits them. They have found a way to get "more" out of life, and I would like to read about them.
Unless I see some change back to the magazine I thought I was buying when I subscribed, I will allow my subscription to expire.

Daphne Galvin06.02.2013

In "How To Find Happiness At Any Age", I found it interesting that there was no mention of "sex" or "sexuality". Hard to believe that those critical components of aging end in our 30's, especially when we are getting happier as we get older!

Cheryle 04.29.2013

The article “The Rebel Priests” in your May edition was a very disturbing and painfully biased article full of untruthful suppositions. It is quite apparent that the author did not take into consideration a number of very basic facts regarding the Catholic Church.
1) When a bishop is excommunicated, he loses all power to perform any sacraments. Ordination is a sacrament; no power to perform this sacrament means no valid sacrament. Hence these misguided women in your article were never legitimately ordained. If you are not ordained, you cannot be elevated to Bishop, thus these misguided women are not valid bishops and are not in succession of St. Peter.
2) To have a valid marriage within the Catholic Church, the ceremony must be performed by a validly ordained Priest or Deacon. I certainly hope that Ms. Venne is not misleading the couples that she “weds” that their marriage will be considered valid in the Catholic Church.
3) The 2010 Delicta Graviora did not “condemn” female priests, it simply reaffirmed in very clear language the church’s stance on the priesthood. The misguided women in your article are free to interpret this as condemnation; however it is a shame that they take such a stand.
4) The priesthood isn’t a myth dreamed up by authoritative or egotistical men; this is also based on scripture. God chose who would be his disciples (Mark 3:13-14). Read the passage closely – he chose all men.
5) The celibate priesthood is also based on scripture (Matt 19:12; 1 Cor 7:32). In John 13:34 God commands us to love one another as He loves us. This is not an easy commandment – to accomplish this requires a total commitment to the Church and her members. When a man is ordained to the priesthood he knows that his life from that point forward is about emulating Jesus, that he is to love us as God loves us. This is an amazing sacrifice; please do not diminish this unselfish act.
The author also makes the statement that the women profiled in the article had hoped that Pope Francis would allow women to be ordained priests. This is a Canon Law – not a guideline that is simply revised with each newly elected pope. The pope can change a Discipline but he cannot change Canon Law.
One last note: It is true that in the bible many prophets suffered for their cause; however it should be noted that the prophets were all following the laws and the word of God. It is very unfortunate that the women in this article are spinning the words of God into an elaborate web of deceit. Revelations 22:18 very clearly warns of such actions, I suggest they read this passage very closely.

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