The Editor: I have some comments on your Feb.18 editorial Religion in Britain.
Some atheists and agnostics have been questioning the veracity of God as perceived by western, specifically Christian, religions for centuries.
Our western obsession with material and temporal interests obscures our innate spiritual nature. All humans possess the Creator’s DNA.
One writer wrote, “I do believe that there is a Primal Source that is present in all human beings, but that does not automatically make all humans primarily spiritual beings. For some, spirituality is foreign to them because they have never experienced the love and goodness of the Energy-Spirit through other humans.”
I personally believe the focus should be on our Primal Source variously described:
Maryknoll Father Miguel D’Escoto in a talk he gave at the UN General Assembly, July 2009 said, “There is a belief which pertains to the common good of humanity, a belief that comes from spiritual traditions and is affirmed by contemporary cosmologists and astrophysicists, that behind the whole universe, every being, every person, every event and even our current crisis, there is a fundamental energy at work, mysterious and ineffable, which is also known as the nurturing source of all being.”
Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff maintains the Spirit-power has been gestating for eons and it is available to all.
Science and our personal human experiences are trying to tell us that the universe is full of life provided by the energy-spirit who creates, nurtures and sustains.
The God (Spirit) in us makes us spiritual beings. We have to maintain our connection with the Source to nurture our humanity and foster healthy human relations with the other humans and creation. — John Kloster, Leduc County, AB
The Editor: In your Feb. 11 editorial, you did a good job of summarizing the key responses made by Catholic leaders to the Supreme Court ruling on the question of assisted suicide.
Those responses reaffirmed that we need to support those suffering and dying as a demonstration of our fundamental respect for human life. There were calls for governments to support palliative and home care.
In one sense, this united and passionate expression of support for those suffering with terminal illnesses and other severe pain speaks well of our Catholic, Christian and human values. I applaud those expressions.
I also believe that if I want to understand what values any organization really holds, I should ignore their mission statements and look at their budgets.
That is when I start feeling uneasy about our Catholic leadership. In not one of the articles that I read did I hear our leaders declare real, tangible support to advance hospice or palliative care. Episcopal corporations/bishops’ finances are secret and not open to the Catholics whose contributions provide the revenue stream for those budgets, so we are unable to see what our bishops really believe in this regard.
If I had a vote about such budgets and practical steps to support those suffering end-of life-distress, I would say that we should “put our money where our mouth is.” If we cannot do that we are just making noises to no effect.
In past generations Catholics rallied behind leaders to support those in need by building and staffing schools and hospitals. Do we still have those kinds of Catholics? Do we still have those kinds of leaders? — Gerald Regnitter, Christopher Lake, Sask.