Letters to Editor

Hi again Jim! 

Just now reading the latest issue of The Defender...& enjoying it as always!  Your article about "An Unusual Day at the Abortion Center" brought tears (of joy) to my eyes when I read how the women passing by were moved to approach & congratulate the couple who had just left the abortuary after a "save"!  I was also moved to tears (of sadness) to think of how uninvolved the parish & Catholic school down the road are in regards to praying outside the abortion mill.  Hopefully that will soon change!  When we last had the Face the Truth tour here on Morgantown, it was obvious that many of the students protesting our presence were homosexual...what a very tragic course their young lives are sure to take.

Mary Ann Kreitzer's article on "Persecuted Priests: A Growing Problem in the US" is so frustrating!!  I can think of two young, dynamic, orthodox priests in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston who have been marginalized for their faithfulness.  One serves two tiny parishes out in the boondocks (where I know he still does immense good for his parishioners - & he travels to Morgantown to support us in our pro-life efforts when local priests don't have time for us!).  The other priest has had his priestly faculties revoked & currently works in a factory in the northern panhandle in order to pay for his rent & continued schooling at Franciscan Univ. in Steubenville.  And, having grown up in the once faithful Arlington, VA Diocese...to read the glowing reports of Bishop Loverde's pastoral letter on the evils pornography (in light of Fr. Haley's situation) really gets on my nerves! 

I know I'm preaching to the choir...but I needed to vent to a sympathetic ear!!  God bless & keep the Faith!!
Patricia J.


Thanks for the comments.  I am pleased to report the local parishioners are now actively supporting us as prayer warriors and even sidewalk counselors. Keep up the good work you do in Morgantown.


Nancy Murray of the Catholic Media Coalition has provided us a news release of her latest book.
Gullah, The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina
By Nancy H. Murray, Illustrated by Sandy L. Ford
ISBN:  978-0-9793637-0-2 (paperback) Ages 5-12,
fully illustrated, color, 32 pages, $12.95          

Mistakes can be made. How is a French Quarter, black cat to know Katrina is not a girl cat after all? And if every cloud has a silver lining, does every storm have its shinning moments? While adult books chronicle the darker side of Hurricane Katrina, Hart Street Publishers fills the gap in children’s literature with a picture story book bright with hope.

Gullah, The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina, part-whimsy, part-reality, is the story of a mischievous cat caught in America’s worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Florida author Nancy Murray says she wrote the story because the littlest of victims, the children and animals, deserve a book uniquely their own.

Because Katrina left behind such sadness and destruction, Gullah is the book with a joyous

Mardi Gras spirit that wants to rebuild the Gulf Coast. For this reason a portion of all sales will
be donated to credible Katrina relief organizations. Groups wishing to use the book as personal fundraisers will receive a discount.

Gullah, is a tale with a twist, triple in appeal and intent on its mission. Besides entertaining, teaching and inspiring the young, “grown-up” lovers of New Orleans will find the book’s illustrations and rich cultural, musical and culinary heritage sparks an irresistible nostalgia.

Evacuees forced to leave their cherished pets behind when storms threaten, will find Gullah’s story enhances the credibility of legislation that will allow animals to be sheltered with owners.    

Both author and artist have experienced hurricanes, Nancy Murray in her home state of Florida and Sandy Ford in Mississippi. The Gulf coast artist lavishes her extraordinary talents upon the book with gloriously brilliant watercolor illustrations.            

Sandy, who lost her home and studio to Katrina’s wrath, created all sixteen paintings in a FEMA travel trailer where she has been living for seventeen months.

“If history can be poured into a tea cup, the words and images that mix fact with fantasy in Gullah’s storyare the perfect brew,” says Nancy. “As Kitchey-Gee tells Gullah, ‘Yo might as well sing grief as cry it.’ We are two women with a storm behind us that aim to do just that, only it’ll be a song of recovery!”  web site:  www.GullahMeetsKatrina.com 


Editors Comments:  Although Nan has written other articles and books this is her first children’s fiction. You can order from her web site or email her at nan7960@comcast.net.  It is a great book



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