Regarding “Judge not,” Sept. 3, Page 23:

Tears when reading Portland’s Catholic news are rarely healing these days (even if they are common), but they flowed in a river of relief and gratitude for your recent piece urging people to lay off implying that Catholics with single or no children are not faithful Catholics. As a survivor of six miscarriages after one perfect son, and especially working in Catholic education, I’ve gotten a lot of “ribbing” about just having one child that has been pretty painful. The absolute last straw for me each year are prayers of the faithful during October that ask for blessings on children lost to abortion and miscarriage (in a single prayer), as if those are even remotely equivalent.

All this is to say it was good to have a moment of feeling a bit seen and not shamed, and I thank you for that.

Karen Eifler

North Portland