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PM has been a longtime friend and mentor

The Editor: The PM, my longtime friend/mentor/formation (teacher) regarding my Catholic religion, will be discontinued. How sad!!

But, like so many others, I have pondered on the idea that the PM could be published every two weeks as the paper is packed with so much important information and even if it was published only once a month, it would still be a consolation.

Fortunately, over the last few years I have kept all the copies, meaning to go back and re-read some fact-filled and/or meditative articles. I, as others, would be willing to pay double or $100 per year for a subscription. We need the PM’s brilliant journalism and its factual, uplifting and impartial reporting.

My question is: has publishing the PM bi-weekly or monthly ever been considered and could it be a possibility? This could be an option to keep the journal viable. — Odette Fafard Ste-Marthe, (Rocanville) Sask.


Is there any way to save the Prairie Messenger?

The Editor: I have been reading the letters to the editor and note that there are many subscribers who would be willing to pay for a large increase in yearly rates if that would keep the paper alive. I know several of my friends who have not written but would like to see the Prairie Messenger continue past May 2018. I would pay up to $100 a year for this special paper.    

There is no other source that I am aware of that will give me the up-to-date information on the Catholic church. Neither do I know of any other paper or magazine that has such a variety of writers with thought-provoking articles. It has already been said by many that the Prairie Messenger is an invaluable source of information and spiritual direction.    

Have you considered asking our bishops to recommend the paper to all parishioners in their dioceses? There are some sites on the Internet that give comments on Scripture but I have not found any that are as all inclusive as the Prairie Messenger with reports on our religion and other faiths around the world .    

Is there any hope of saving the Prairie Messenger?    

A concerned and sad reader. — Naden Hewko, Macklin, Sask.  


Thanks for offering a worldview different from other media

The Editor: I am deeply saddened that your are terminating this publication. For some reason I was not aware of your financial situation.

Your articles have been greatly helpful to me over the years that I have been a subscriber. It has also been enjoyed by other family members and friends.

Your publication is one of the few available in Canada, if not the only one, which offers such varied content and differing opinions on so many current issues.

Thank you for enriching my spiritual life. Thank you for offering a world view different from so many views offered by the media outlets which so constantly assail all our senses.

God bless you and keep your light shining for all his pilgrims — Noella Dumesnil-Nuttin, Saskatoon


PM is read cover to cover

The Editor: I am sorry to hear that the Prairie Messenger will not be available after May, 2018.

I have subscribed since the late ‘50s and have recently started reading the Messenger in total each issue. It is our only reliable source of religious-related information throughout the world. — Eugene Thera, Saskatoon


Colonialism needs to be tackled in all its faces

The Editor: I support the calls for Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologize if it is for Catholics’ participation in historical colonialism and to stop their participation in neo-colonialism. 
In a May 9 interview with the French La Croix Pope Francis stated: “The duty of Christianity is that of service. There is no room for colonialism.”
The research done for the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples documents subsequent federal governments intentionally underfunded the Indian residential schools (IRS). 
It is incorrect to blame only the church charities and religious orders operating them for the conditions many experienced there.
This research also documents siblings were sent to different schools in different parts of the country operated by different denominations. This was an intentional strategy to destroy traditional indigenous families, cultures and governance structures so the colonizers could more easily “develop” resources in a manner that suited them.
The resulting intergenerational harm kills and denies people life with dignity to this day.
Catholic businessmen, politicians and voters who value profit over life or understand our continuous pro-life ethic only in terms of anti-choice legislation were involved in the making of these decisions, as they are in ones about neo-colonialism today.
Given all the apologies, including the 2008 one by former prime minister Harper, have not resulted in substantive change, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has an important role to play if we are to co-create authentic cultures of life.
COLF, a joint venture of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus and the CCCB, is well funded with access to the Knights national network of volunteers.
KAIROS, an underfunded ecumenical organization with few volunteers, has an excellent experiential tool called The Blanket Exercise.  It positions the IRS in its colonial context.
In preparation for the pope’s apology, if COLF sponsored this introductory exposure to the original sin upon which Canada was founded, substantive change could finally be realized.
And perhaps Jason Kenney would not dismiss inclusion of colonialism in Alberta’s Social Studies curriculum as “ideology” or “political correctness.”  — Yvonne Zarowny Qualicum Beach B.C.