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August 25, 2002
WCR Letters to the Editor
Pray for judges, government
People may refuse to accept our theological understanding of marriage, but they are defenceless against our prayers.
In the near future our Canadian government and Supreme Court judges will attempt to deal with a re-definition of "marriage." I see this as a great problem, but not a hopeless situation if we, realizing our own limitations, take this problem to God.
At a time like this, I believe that the Canadian bishops should proclaim a day (days) of fasting and prayer and leave the resolution of this matter to God. In the words of Zechariah (4:6), "not by an army, nor by might, but by the spirit, says the Lord of hosts."
Our government officials and Supreme Court judges are in need of a fresh flow of God's Holy Spirit power in their lives. They need God's wisdom and courage. They need the help and support of our prayers and fasting.
Rt. Rev. Frank Patsula
Marriage benefits the tribe
Gay "Marriage" violates law of nature.
Nature has provided the human species with male and female genitalia - reproductive organs - in order that the species can procreate.
Marriage, the marriage ceremony, was instituted for the good of the "tribe" or society as a whole. The wedding ritual took place before members of the family, tribe, et al.
The wedding band signified that both individuals were "off limits," committed to another. It also made it possible to generate offspring, enlarge the family, thus becoming a valuable unit in itself and to society.
Same sex unions deny the purpose of the laws of nature and society. Such a union cannot be termed a "marriage" as it is impossible for two negatives or two positives to reproduce.
Their "union" may be recognized, but it cannot be termed a "marriage" given the nature of a union between male and female.
Catholic calls for prayers to end legality of abortion
I just want to inform the people of this archdiocese that a modern day holocaust is happening in our city and I don't think that too many people know that it is happening.
The Morgentaler clinic is located at 12904-109A Ave. and there are an average of 20 abortions done daily. I often go over there in the morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to pray for the women who go into the clinic and their unborn babies who will never have a chance at life.
I see mothers taking their daughters in, boyfriends taking their girlfriends in, and young (and not so young) women going in there by themselves. It is very frustrating for me to stand by and watch this slaughter of the innocents and know that I can do nothing but pray as it is legal in the eyes of our governments, both federal and provincial.
I beg all Catholics to pray for an end to this atrocity and if you wish to join me any morning, give me a call at 496-7720.
Croatian voice heard
In the June 30 WCR, page 5, John Norton wrote Serbian allegation that Croatian "fascists" butchered 2,000 local Serbs, including hundreds of women and children.
If Mr. Norton would do some research he would find that in 1914 Serbs assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo and started the First World War in which millions of innocent people vanished.
In 1928, Serbs assassinated Croatian parliamentarians and their leader in the Serbian parliament building during the session.
In May and June of 1945 after the Second World War, Serbs butchered several hundred thousand Croatian people at random without any due process. The Western world didn't even record this tragedy.
After many years, in 1991, the people of former Yugoslavia had a free and democratic election. They didn't harm or threaten anyone. Serbs and their army attacked unarmed innocent people of all ages butchering more than four hundred thousand of them.
Serbian prime minister Ljiljana Plavshic was convicted for crimes against humanity by the International Court in The Hague. She is serving the sentence. Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic is on trial for crimes against humanity and genocide before the same court.