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Letters to the Editor

05/03/2017

 

Ecumenism need to reach down to parish level

The Editor: Once again we have the Holy Father consorting with those Anglican and Lutheran churchmen carving a deeper footprint in the path towards closer Christian unity. Bravo Holy Father! 

I would be loathe to criticize Archbishop Don Bolen for not following suit since his succession because he has continued to make significant inroads in having closer communion and dialogue at the episcopal level with both his Anglican and Lutheran counterparts. He has also reached out to the Jewish and Muslim faith communities in the province. Bravo Archbishop Don!
 
But it leaves this pilgrim wondering since the bishops of both faiths have established precedent for dialogue, why hasn’t it gained more traction at the parish/church and grassroots? I could speculate why more clergy from each denomination have not picked up the cue of their respective shepherds and made more genuine effort to establish some informal if not formal dialogue with their counterparts and faithful in neighbouring churches in their local communities. 

Someone once noted that there was a 13-letter word for “love.” It’s called communication! — Randy Fleming, Moose Jaw

 

Abortion affects societies’ values to their core

The Editor: In response to Dave Rudy’s letter on Yvonne Zarowny’s column in the March 29 PM, saints do have insights that can help us see things as they really are and so they further the mission of the church, i.e., the work of helping the faithful become disciples of the Lord and continue his work in the world.

Briefly, abortion is in many ways “the greatest evil,” that is, if we want to make distinctions about types and degrees of evil. It’s easy to blame Hitler for very visible evils causing death and suffering, but I believe the evil of abortion is that it is practiced at a very personal level and invites doctors and medical staff to go against all they have trained to preserve — human life.

It then encourages innocent young women to solve “a problem” in their lives.

I think it is well documented that quietly taking this step with the encouragement of society causes lifelong suffering for the mother, because deep down she knows it is wrong to end the life of the vulnerable child within her .

This value of human life from conception to natural death is not up for discussion. The church has always taught that the person, at any stage, is precious to God and must be protected.

The fraud that continues to assert itself as a “right” is really an attempt to silence the conscience of humanity — the natural law written on the hearts of all.

It is an evil packaged as a good and as desirable for society while it encourages the deadening of humanity’s wisdom and sensibilities.

That could be why it is summed up by St. Mother Teresa as the greatest evil.

Many demonstrate for this “right,” many avail themselves of this “procedure,” many perform this “procedure.” The lone voice of the believer is almost drowned out as society “progresses.”

The voice of love and reason are looked upon as “regressive” and “old.” Many are unwittingly being persuaded that an evil is a good and that is a great tragedy. — Anne Campbell, Winnipeg