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February 14, 2005
WCR Letters to the Editor
Church believes Creator's laws
The letter byJohn Doucette in the Jan. 31 WCR left a sour taste in my mouth and I'd like to express my view.
John is a 65-year-old Roman Catholic who claims that the Catholic Church is "preaching a form of belief akin to right-wing evangelicalism and, in fact, totalitarianism rather than to the beliefs of Christ."
I don't know where he learned his religion, but what I learned is that God forgives the sinners, not that he gives the licence to sin. The Catholic Church believes in the laws of the Creator and nature, regardless of who preaches them.
Our government is trying to defy the laws of nature by changing them. Aren't laws, be they religious or civil, supposed to reflect the laws of nature for the betterment of the human race? How is homosexuality reflective of nature?
John points to the corruption in the Roman Church and he is right, in that it is made up of flawed human beings and that the flaws must be addressed. But that does not give those of us who believe in God and creation and in our government, the right to continue to sin nor to condone the sinfulness by giving those who err a licence to continue on the wrong path.
As Jesus said: "Go forth and sin no more and you are forgiven." That is what the Church teaches; not to accept the sinning.
With Catholics who believe as John does, is it any wonder that the world is in such a mess? If we who claim to believe accept wrongdoing, what do we expect from those who don't know better?
What a sad world this has become. We claim to be more educated than previous generations, but it appears that we are on the path to destruction as never before.
Maria Maio Saccomanno
Equal need not mean identical
Regarding same-sex marriage, equal need not mean identical.
As a woman, I am generally entitled to the same benefits, rights and responsibilities as my dad, husband, brothers and male friends. I do not choose, nor am I entitled to be called man.
In the same way, treating all persons equally, regardless of sexual orientation, does not mean that gay or lesbian relationships need to be called marriage in order for them to be equal in terms of benefits, rights and responsibilities. The word marriage has always described a heterosexual union: I believe it should continue to do so.
As the name of their annual parade would indicate, those who are openly involved with the gay and lesbian communities take pride in being distinct from the heterosexual community. And that is their right. So why would they want their relationships named the same as heterosexual relationships?
Why would they not want to define their relationships distinctly?
Knights' postcard campaign decried
I attended Mass on Saturday at St. Michael Resurrection Parish in Edmonton and was disappointed and angry to have a member of the Knights of Columbus speak after Mass about a postcard campaign their organization is conducting opposing same sex marriage. Parishioners were asked to fill out these cards and mail them to the government.
First, I find it appalling that in this day and age, it is felt by the Catholic Church and the K of C that I need someone to direct me as to how I should think and what I should believe is right.
I have already made my opinion known to the prime minister, the premier of Alberta and in a letter to the Western Catholic Reporter and, for the record, I am in favour of same sex marriage.
My deep belief is that God expects us all to be loving and tolerant of each other and to be respectful of our differences and most of all to be non-judgmental. God created all of us in his image - not just some of us and as the saying goes "God doesn't make junk."
Allowing gay people to be legally married will not in any way damage the sacrament of Matrimony but will allow them the same dignity that is afforded other loving couples who wish to legally marry.
By reacting with such venom to something that is really such a small issue in the overall scheme of things I feel that the Church hierarchy and the Alberta government are fueling the passions of ignorant, prejudiced, narrow-minded persons who are likely to attack and persecute minority groups - and under the guise that they are doing God's will and protecting society.
I believe the Catholic Church and any other religious institution has the right to refuse to marry anyone when they feel it goes against their beliefs. I do not believe the Catholic Church has the right to try to force their beliefs on the general public in civil matters and I totally agree that the Church should back off on this issue.
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