Letters to the Editor



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Fundraising concerns remain unresolved

March 23, 2015

The Together We Serve (TWS) immediate and twinned response to "Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter" (WCR letters, Feb. 23) was written more for damage control and attempting to control the message than providing clarity and reaffirm Development and Peace. And it should not be all about maximizing the amount of money collected. It should also be about how and why.

St. Joseph's College offers theological opportunities

March 9, 2015

Re: "Need for theologically-educated laity is growing" (WCR, Feb 23). I was very pleased to see the WCR highlighting the need for a theologically-educated laity. Catholicism has a very rich intellectual tradition, the study of which can feed both the head and the heart and support Catholics in incarnating their faith in the world.

Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter

February 23, 2015

Re: "United appeal for Church charities achieves success" (WCR, Jan. 26).

As a registered and supporting member of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, I have always been and still am a strong advocate of its mission, wonderful work and witness to the cause of social justice.

My Lenten donation will be sent directly to Development and Peace. These are my reasons:

CSS closed office in Bonnyville

February 23, 2015

The article in the Jan. 26 WCR ("CSS enjoys another successful Sign of Hope campaign") states that Catholic Social Services has an office in Bonnyville.

Church reform needed for wounded Catholics

February 23, 2015

I support Cardinal Kasper's theology of mercy and would like to point out that the four letters to the editor (WCR, Jan. 26) have overlooked the essential message given by Christ - forgiveness, love and compassion versus legalism. I have documented a number of divorced Catholics who have gone through the annulment process with great bitterness and disappointment.

Mercy must extend to all who are harmed

January 26, 2015

Recent discussion about the plight of those Catholics who have been civilly divorced and entered into a second marriage has centred on the notion of God's mercy. The argument is simple. If we are merciful as God is merciful, we will allow such persons to receive Holy Communion. >The problem with this simple argument is that it is too simple. A larger context needs to be considered.

Kasper's stance demeans Church's tradition

January 26, 2015

The Church's pastoral practices have always been rooted in mercy and compassion. The manner in which these are expressed varies. However, the essence of every Church doctrine remains intact. Cardinal Walter Kasper challenges the interconnectedness between doctrine and pastoral practice. In his haste to honour Kasper with the Mustard Seed Award ("Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed'," Dec. 29), Glen Argan overlooks legitimate concerns about Kasper's proposal that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion without annulment.

Kasper's calculus muddled by Protestant thinking

January 26, 2015

Re: "Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed', WCR, Dec 29." Cardinal Walter Kasper's theology has caused severe response, and justifiably so, because it challenges the fundamental essence of Christianity staunchly defended by the saints and doctors of the Church, by Paul, Augustine, Aquinas all the way to John Paul II.

Impossible to tolerate what is unacceptable

January 26, 2015

I am not a theologian, but a person doesn't have to have a degree to recognize muddled thinking. Really, what kind of double-speak is it to say we should "tolerate what is impossible to accept"? Am I a fundamentalist because I believe the Catholic Church teaches that a marriage has to be declared null before a person enters into a second (but hopefully this time by the grace of God), true marriage?

Cardinal puts forward liberal, revisionist theology

January 12, 2015

In October, five cardinals published a book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, that is diametrically opposed to the views of WCR's 2014 Mustard Seed Award winner, Cardinal Walter Kasper. The first part of the book is dedicated to the biblical texts pertaining to divorce and remarriage, and the second part examines the teaching and practice of the early Church.