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Letters to the Editor



PM provides valued faith formation for parishioners

The Editor: I was surprised and disappointed to learn of the imminent demise of this fine paper.  How is it that a Catholic population of 600,000 won’t support a regional newspaper?  Presumably, many non-subscribers are the same people who ask their pastors for more adult faith formation.

It may be that the Internet has made the survival of newspapers difficult, even if they have an online edition. However, it would be a mistake to conclude that what the Prairie Mesenger provides is just “information” that can easily be found on another “platform.”  The PM is the voice of a unique local community, something the World Wide Web is unlikely to nurture.  The name says it all.

Is it too late?  As a subscriber, I had no idea the paper was in trouble.  I am wondering whether the PM’s financial problems could be addressed by raising rates (it’s incredibly cheap) or boosting circulation. I have never seen it advertised.  Don’t shut the Messenger! — Don Schroeder, Winnipeg


A house divided against itself cannot stand

The Editor: Maureen Weber’s article in the May 17 edition describes the Prairie Messenger’s history of offering an opportunity for dialogue and discussion leading to dissent, disagreement and diversity within the faithful that God has called.

If my understanding of the article is correct, in the process of celebrating the PM’s role in championing the variety of opinions that exist in the church (the sensus fidelium) the authority and dogmatic teachings of the Roman magisterium are characterized as oversimplified, less real and mostly out of touch with the lived experiences of the faithful laity and clergy who are worldly wise.

Not to be disrespectful, but I think it would be better to put effort into learning about and understanding the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church’s magisterium and helping faithful Catholics to live out those teachings in their daily lives. Jesus established his church on the authority of the Apostles and their successors — the magisterium in Rome.

There are countless opinions within and without the Roman Catholic Church, but only the Roman Catholic magisterium possesses the authority given to it by Jesus Christ its founder in professing the faith and morals without error. It is this voice we should be listening to and following faithfully. A house divided against itself cannot stand. — Paul Burgoyne. Roseisle, Man.