The Editor: Cardinal Raymond Burke and conservative followers are focused on the letter of the law and church teaching rather than the Word of Christ in Scripture! The Word and actions of Christ should always trump human-made rules and teachings, which today don’t always apply.
The family of God has to move forward and adjust to new Good News in order to survive. Our faith must be rooted in Gospel values and if we look to Christ we see that he included not just many but all.
Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and another time he spoke to the woman who had five husbands (sic). Each of these women was from out of town, out of caste, out of a real job (a prostitute) and out of faith, yet he went to them and invited them into community with him. How can any one of us reject, exclude or deny the presence of separated, divorced or gay people and the place of women in our church communities?
An unconditionally loving God continually challenges us to grow up in our faith. The Spirit gives us the ability to think and ponder, to change and grow in grace and understanding. The most compelling revelation is that God made us in his own image and likeness! Each of us embodies the Trinity — mind, body, spirit — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How can the church ignore God in any one of us?
If this segment of society is excluded by those who confuse our priorities with their powerful voices, how will they find God? How will they get to know Christians who profess love and good works? How can they help their church recreate the Earth?
Collectively, our mandate is to live the Beatitudes and live the greatest of these commandments — love your neighbour as yourself as God has loved us! — Lynda Pisa, Winnipeg
The Editor: It was with great weariness I read Calgary’s marketing consultant Joni Avram’s “A New Solution for Equalizing Wealth” in your Nov. 5 issue.
There is nothing “new” about the strategy suggested although I experienced it as callously novel to suggest the problem with the poor was their faulty investment strategy.
I am sure poor families would love to take her advice if after working two or three jobs at minimum wage that fail to cover rent, food, heat, and numerous other life necessities, there was some money left over to invest. The growing dependency on food banks 25 years after Canada’s House of Commons unanimously voted to end childhood poverty by the year 2000 suggests this is not the case.
As with other strategies that only blame the poor for their poverty, Avram has not asked the all-important question: Why is there an increasing gap between the rich and poor, not only in Canada but around the world?
What is it about our social structures, including the structure of our economy, that at a time when overall wealth has increased substantially, so has the gap between rich and poor as well as the level of absolute poverty? Why has the “rising tide” that was supposed to raise all boats not done so?
And how is this increasing gap contributing to our diminishing democracy, environmental degradation and increasing involvement in resource wars?
As Christians, we are called to engage the world to transform it so all God’s creation has life with dignity.
To me, investment strategies need to change. However, it is not those of the poor that need changing. — Yvonne A. Zarowny Qualicum Beach, B.C.