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  • Defending tenants’ rights

    I write about our situation in the area surrounding our parish in the Mission District, but certainly in defense of all local communities under threat of displacement. Speaking to Gabriel Medina from the Mission Economic Development Association (another great Riordan graduate), and Francisco Herrera, long active in Mission District parishes, taught me that 1,400 families with children, and a total of 8,000 people, many on fixed income or disability after working for many years, have been evicted over the past 10 years in the Mission District, even though they are good tenants who pay their rent. I personally have been involved with many families or fixed income individuals who unjustly are given eviction notices.
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  • Dorothy Day a voice for our times

    Father Ronald Rolheiser writes about Dorothy Day in your Sept. 11 issue, calling her truly an example for our time.
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  • Moral line crossed long before Hiroshima

    The debate over whether our dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945 ended the war, and whether the Japanese were about to surrender anyway, will probably never be resolved.
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  • A-bomb lesson

    In condemning the atomic bombing of Japan, letter writer Richard Morasci (Sept. 11) says Japanese diplomats were trying to end the war and “did not want to fight to the last man standing.”
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  • The county clerk in Kentucky

    There is definitely a mixed reaction to the county clerk in Kentucky who took a personal stand against signing same-sex marriage licenses.
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  • Reflection on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Kent Grealish (letter, Aug. 28) is upset and angry with Tony Magliano for reporting the article on Father Zebelka, the A-bomb chaplain who indicated remorse for blessing the A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians and children.
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  • A-bombs unnecessary to win

    The United States can argue all it wants about the justification of dropping two atomic bombs on Japanese cities, which were packed with civilians, during World War II. However, in the age of the Internet, we can find out much more information than we ever could before.
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  • Armchair ethicists and the A-bomb

    Calling himself a “peace columnist” does not allow him to spread slander about U.S. servicemen (“A-bomb chaplain’s conversion,” Aug. 14).
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  • Protecting the world for future generations

    On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, we call the attention of the people of the San Francisco archdiocese to the tremendously thoughtful and powerful encyclical on the environment recently published by Pope Francis at www.laudatosi.com.
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  • Role of altar servers

    The article was a reminder of when I was an altar boy during World War II. The altar boys would serve at Masses and could verbally send up prayers of adoration to heaven with the priest.
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  • Los Angeles auxiliaries

    As a San Francisco priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I found it rather disconcerting that CSF would feature an article (July 24) about only one of the three fine priests appointed auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the celebrity at that.
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  • Secularization of human rights

    When we lose sight of the origin of human rights, we can easily have a false interpretation of those rights. Freedom of speech can become the license to say whatever we wish whenever we wish, giving no thought to prudence.
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  • Poor choice of words

    I find the wording of the headline above the front-page article regarding SB 126 (July 10) to be a poor choice.
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  • Protecting innocents in our ‘sanctuary city’

    The “sanctuary city” policies are helpful to the extent they do not discourage San Franciscans, whatever their immigration status, from reporting crimes, but recently they have been misused to shield a serial offender, with terrible results.
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  • Gay Catholics key to Castro parish’s growth

    As a former parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro District I read with interest the article the July 17 issue titled “Precious Blood Fathers answer call to shepherd Castro parish.” The story was familiar to me but I admit to blinking twice when I read what I am sure what Father Link meant as a positive statement: “… the parish does not have even a ministry defined or directed specifically to the gay or LGBT community.”
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  • Prayer for charity and understanding

    Civil gay marriage is now constitutional in the entirety of the United States. That is a reality found to be unpleasant by many, including many in our Catholic community.
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  • Correcting the record

    I always enjoy reading “Around the Archdiocese” articles every week – always informative and enjoyable for the most part!
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  • Regrettable analogy

    After the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage last week, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB, wrote a statement lamenting the decision.
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  • Charities’ legacy on prison hospitality

    Your article of June 19 (“San Quentin prison families visit dads, granddads”) on the “Get on the Bus” visiting program of the children of the incarcerated reminds me of the humble beginnings of the prison visiting program now in place at California’s 33 prisons.
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  • ‘We’re here for the nuns’

    Your June 19 edition highlighted the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I congratulate the paper for that wonderful story. For those of your readers who remember the late ABC broadcaster Paul Harvey, there is “the rest of the story” deserving to be told about the sisters.
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