Your April 16 edition confirmed my reasons for re-subscribing to The Catholic Messenger.
As a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport and Notre Dame University in Indiana, I was proud of what was reported about both universities in the April 16 edition.
The edition highlights St. Ambrose and Notre Dame students who spent their spring break doing community service at the exemplary alternative school in a depressed area of my adopted state of Kentucky.
It also includes Father Richard McBrien’s defense of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama to speak and award him an honorary degree and the columnist pointing out the hypocrisy of those criticizing the university’s invitation.
I also appreciate the thoughtful analysis of Frank Wessling in his editorial addressing the Iowa bishops’ expected criticism of the Iowa Supreme Court’s recent holding on the state’s marriage laws. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine reading such a piece in our local Catholic paper.
Unless one reads other local Catholic diocesan newspapers, one cannot appreciate the quality of the reporting, the diversity and excellence of the columnists and the open-mindedness and courage of the editorial staff to print controversial articles all found in the Messenger. Please keep Fr. McBrien’s column and encourage Frank Wessling to contribute more.
Michael Lannon, JD and CPA