Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of January 28, 2002
WCR Letters to the Editor
Let pope speak to his people
One of the reasons I enjoy and continue to receive the WCR is because I always it find interesting and refreshing to hear Pope John Paul's viewpoint on current and international affairs as well as religious ones.
I also find it interesting how he seems to come on side with both right wing and left wing opinions at different times.
I presume it is because he does not serve either agenda and there are elements of truth and justice in both arenas of thought.
The danger or problem with those who are primarily left or right wing is identical. Both all too often despise or dismiss the truths that do not serve their own agenda as well as being far too willing to deny each others' rights to further their own.
Have you ever seen a bird fly on one wing? Neither have I. I do not believe that those who serve the left wing or the right wing can fly either.
I think we should be grateful for John Paul II who demonstrates an intellectual and emotional level and balance conducive to soaring. He strikes me as a rare bird whose agenda is truth and justice and who does not allow his own interests or prejudices to prevail in his public discourses.
I know I am not the only one who would like to see him get a little less paraphrasing and be given more press in his own words. I am certain we could all profit from more of the Holy Father's insight.
Re: "Men and women are partners in marriage" (WCR, Jan. 21).
Everyone today is afraid of offending the ubiquitous feminists of varying degrees.
Yes, wifely submission most certainly was Catholic teaching until about halfway through the 20th century when feminism infiltrated every area of society. Just because modern Christians - Catholic or otherwise - are afraid of offending women doesn't change what the churches taught for centuries.
What was missing from the article were the Scriptures that tell husbands how to treat their wives, such as Colossians 3:19: "Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them."
I ask you, what woman wouldn't want to submit to a husband like that?
Of course, this is all politically incorrect and I realize political correctness influences even God's Church these days.
Dogrib, not Dobri
Thank you for the article of our missionary exploits in the North (WCR, Jan. 7). I would like you to make a correction or two.
A- The People of Wha Ti are Dogrib not Dobri. I even spelled it out for your reporter.
B- I stated that if I were asked to return to Wha Ti for Easter I would gladly go. And not, as stated in the article, that I hoped to go back for Easter. That is totally up to Father Piche, omi, the provincial.
Fr. Alex Carrier, omi
Hard times bring vocations
In the Depression days of the 1930s and into the late 40s when hundreds of thousands of people were unemployed, many turned to a vocation to fill their life's desires. Many of them became priests and monks in different religious congregations. Among the women, many became nuns, nurses and teachers.
I have never heard of anyone being turned away by a community if they had the qualifications of being a Christian.
Most people remember Mother Teresa of Calcutta, how she was respected by everyone alike and the hundreds of people who joined her in her lifetime. And they continue to do so today.
No ear has heard or eye has seen what things God has prepared for those who love him.
Get an approved Bible translation
I have just read Marie Kelly's letter to the editor and the editor's note (WCR, Jan. 21). Do the people also know that the NRSV Bible has not been approved by the Vatican for use?
As an owner of a Catholic bookstore, I will not carry that Bible and I tell customers why I don't.
Why do the Canadian bishops use a Bible that is not approved by Rome?
And why do 99.9 per cent of Canadian parishes read from an unapproved version of the Bible when there are so many good and approved versions of the Bible in print.