Re: "Called to Protect should be optional" (WCR letters, March 23). Why does the archdiocese want to ensure that our parishes and ministries offer safe environments to all? Creating safe environments and preventing abuse in our communities is our responsibility as disciples of Christ.
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Re: "Pope faces strong opposition inside, outside the Church" (WCR March 9). I think it is important to clarify a potentially misleading sentence in this article. The article states, "The popular mandate is defined by his (Pope Francis') comment 'Who am I to judge?' in relation to homosexual activity."
I have prayed for some time about this topic and yet every Sunday when I am in church, I feel compelled to write this letter. My concern is the Call to Protect program. I find it wrong on so many levels that we are compelled to take this course rather than making it optional. I have always believed that our Church welcomes sinners, that in fact we are all sinners.
In the March 9 WCR, Deborah Gyapong's story is accurate ("Bill to fast track euthanasia law quashed"), but why would you put in Justin Trudeau's picture? As far as many of us are concerned, we wonder why you are giving him so much exposure when's he's totally against the teaching of the Catholic Church. Even quoting him, instead of quoting our own physicians and others who have talked about the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.
I am writing to comment on your cover picture (WCR Feb. 23). The picture is dramatic and disturbing which is the intent.
The Together We Serve (TWS) immediate and twinned response to "Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter" (WCR letters, Feb. 23) was written more for damage control and attempting to control the message than providing clarity and reaffirm Development and Peace. And it should not be all about maximizing the amount of money collected. It should also be about how and why.
Re: "Need for theologically-educated laity is growing" (WCR, Feb 23). I was very pleased to see the WCR highlighting the need for a theologically-educated laity. Catholicism has a very rich intellectual tradition, the study of which can feed both the head and the heart and support Catholics in incarnating their faith in the world.
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:
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.