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Story was offensive
CHRIS A RUSNAK
I found Janice Taylor’s parody on “Our Lady
of Weight Loss” [September Connection] to
be an offensive attack on the religious beliefs
and practices of the Catholic Church, my faith.
Your magazine should not have printed an
article showing such a rude parody on the
highly serious and religious icon art of the
Catholic Church. I doubt your magazine
would have highlighted a similar attack on
icons or images from Jewish or Islamic religions and I strongly resent and object to the
Catholic Church once again being used as an
object of ridicule.
Pat Giacomini, via e-mail
Debate goes on
In response to the September
Debate, “Should girls and boys be
taught in separate classrooms?”
Y ES. If boys and girls are separated, who is
left to impress, or to distract each gender from
Jim L. Jensen, Grants Pass, Oregon
pound loss. The book is meant to inspire, motivate and support my fellow travelers on the
road to weight loss.
Catholics have a beautiful and admirable
relationship with the Virgin Mary—a relationship I deeply respect and honor. I have received
very encouraging feedback from people of all
faiths, including many Catholics. My artwork
has been exhibited in the National Museum of
Catholic Art and History in New York, and a
large Catholic church in Texas asked me to donate
12 copies of Our Lady of Weight Loss for their
Our bodies are our temples, and I believe
we honor our Creator by honoring His creation—that is, ourselves. I hope that Our Lady of
Weight Loss can inspire people to take better
care of themselves—inside and out.
I’m proud of my book and I’m proud that,
in a violent and sometimes depraved world,
I have been able to contribute a little love, support and laughter.
NO. Much depends on the skill of the teacher.
Can he or she get the students to approach subjects in a neutral manner? And, most important, can he or she teach students to respect
each other regardless of gender? I would like
to see each student get exposure to the best
characteristics of the opposite gender.
Martin Goldber, Hackensack, New Jersey
Janice Taylor responds:
When I was 8 years old, I weighed 113
pounds. Of my family, friends, teachers and even
the milkman—not one of these influences from
my childhood helped me feel comfortable in my
own ample skin when I was growing up. Only
when I visited the kind nuns at the Convent of
Our Lady of Snow did my concerns about my
weight melt away.
In honor of the sisters of Our Lady of Snow,
I wrote Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous
and Motivational Musings from the Patron
Saint of Permanent Fat Removal—a collection
of fun and funny tales that highlight my 50-
You can read more
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