Re: "United appeal for Church charities achieves success" (WCR, Jan. 26).
As a registered and supporting member of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, I have always been and still am a strong advocate of its mission, wonderful work and witness to the cause of social justice.
My Lenten donation will be sent directly to Development and Peace. These are my reasons:
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The article in the Jan. 26 WCR ("CSS enjoys another successful Sign of Hope campaign") states that Catholic Social Services has an office in Bonnyville.
I support Cardinal Kasper's theology of mercy and would like to point out that the four letters to the editor (WCR, Jan. 26) have overlooked the essential message given by Christ - forgiveness, love and compassion versus legalism. I have documented a number of divorced Catholics who have gone through the annulment process with great bitterness and disappointment.
Recent discussion about the plight of those Catholics who have been civilly divorced and entered into a second marriage has centred on the notion of God's mercy. The argument is simple. If we are merciful as God is merciful, we will allow such persons to receive Holy Communion. >The problem with this simple argument is that it is too simple. A larger context needs to be considered.
The Church's pastoral practices have always been rooted in mercy and compassion. The manner in which these are expressed varies. However, the essence of every Church doctrine remains intact. Cardinal Walter Kasper challenges the interconnectedness between doctrine and pastoral practice. In his haste to honour Kasper with the Mustard Seed Award ("Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed'," Dec. 29), Glen Argan overlooks legitimate concerns about Kasper's proposal that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion without annulment.
Re: "Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed', WCR, Dec 29." Cardinal Walter Kasper's theology has caused severe response, and justifiably so, because it challenges the fundamental essence of Christianity staunchly defended by the saints and doctors of the Church, by Paul, Augustine, Aquinas all the way to John Paul II.
I am not a theologian, but a person doesn't have to have a degree to recognize muddled thinking. Really, what kind of double-speak is it to say we should "tolerate what is impossible to accept"? Am I a fundamentalist because I believe the Catholic Church teaches that a marriage has to be declared null before a person enters into a second (but hopefully this time by the grace of God), true marriage?
In October, five cardinals published a book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, that is diametrically opposed to the views of WCR's 2014 Mustard Seed Award winner, Cardinal Walter Kasper. The first part of the book is dedicated to the biblical texts pertaining to divorce and remarriage, and the second part examines the teaching and practice of the early Church.
Responding to "Petition opposes modern agriculture" (WCR, Dec. 15). I am a farmer interested in learning more about the Development and Peace petition for saving seed. After Mass, I studied the petition and signed it without hesitation.
Re: "N.B. gov't plans to loosen abortion restrictions" (WCR, Dec. 15). The new Liberal government is proposing easier access and possible government funding for women seeking abortions.