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October 23, 2006
WCR Letters to the Editor
Respect our different faith paths
It was with great sadness that I read the interview published in theSept 25 Western Catholic Reporter with the Rev. J. Robert Jacobson, as we knew him, former bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
His denigration of the vocation of women that he ordained within our church "a priest is not a minister. There is a difference" strikes a blow to our unity in Christ.
It goes without saying that our Church differs from the Roman rite on the issue of priesthood, humanity in view, rather than maleness, in the calling to represent Christ (as indeed some of your own scholars so ably argue).
Moreover, the remark that relatives will not accept the truth he now finds so obvious "no matter how much he explains it" conveys arrogance. I pray, instead, for openness to the revelation of God in the "anonymous" Christianity your documents articulate, hidden in denominations and faiths outside your own.
Many members of our Church feel a sense of betrayal at Bishop Jacobson"s departure. I give thanks for the charity to feel happiness that our former bishop has found a home in the Roman rite of the church catholic.
However, I wish, in the spirit of oneness for which Jesus prayed (John 17:21), that the bishop to whom he has pledged obedience would be sensitive that his enthusiasm not be a cause of offence.
Rev. Richard Reimer
Lutheran Campus Ministry
University of Alberta
Life offers contradictions
Especially around the Thanksgiving Day time of the year, I cannot but reluctantly find that, for example, by saying grace before a meal - because of the bitter reality of earthly starvation - we, the well-fed, are in effect assuming/concluding that our Creator has found one portion of this planet's populace worthy of nourishment while allowing another to starve.
What also bewilders me is why we - while there are so many people who also pray for the good health of their loved ones but nonetheless lose them to death, sometimes under excruciatingly painful circumstances - also believe that God found one entire family worthy of life while allowing another to lose a child to a disease, car accident . . . ?
But having said that, it's not that God does not care about his creation or the suffering that infests it amongst its people; he's just allowing humanity what we so crave - that is, free choice - as did Adam and Eve who chose to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
I believe that God is quite unhappy with the human condition. However, we simply are harvesting the produce of our own doing, even though innocent people too often share in the resulting suffering.
Frank Sterle, Jr.
White Rock, B.C.
Tooting the horn for truck drivers
Re: "Give responsibility to the people" by Link Byfield (Letters, WCR, Oct. 2).
Mr. Byfield's statement about truck driving and Atlantic Canada inspired me to write this letter. Mr. Byfield, you need to learn to respect people from all walks of life, because that's what it takes to make our world a place worth living in.
In his letter, My Byfield stated that a job like truck driving is a simple job and that we now go begging in Atlantic Canada for truck drivers.
That statement shows that Mr. Byfield has not done his homework in regards to the trucking industry. Trucking is a profession that requires a lot of skill and independence. Not just anyone can drive a truck.
So don't insult the people of Atlantic Canada by your statement, "simple job" because we should thank God for the people in Atlantic Canada if they have the brains and stamina it takes to operate a semi.
Mr. Byfield, operating a semi truck is not like you sitting in your automatic car or pickup truck.
Truck drivers need to be alert, informed of laws and regulations regarding the load being hauled, know how to properly load a trailer so weights meet the regulations (and in some cases each province or jurisdiction is somewhat different), know how to properly meet regulations when filling out a log book which has to be kept up to date and produced upon request, have mechanical knowledge, ability to make safe judgments when operating a truck in bad weather or large cities with heavy traffic so you can go to the store and buy groceries any time you wish.
I disagree with the comment that OAS/CPP amounts to a virtually fraudulent transfer of wealth from the young to the old. Did the people who are now old not contribute to our country? They certainly did.
How many young people are going to do as our forefathers and mothers did and have at least one person stay at home to take care of their own children and aged parents so that we don't need to have social programs like OAS/CPP?
Our children mirror us, so when we smarten up and develop strong families than we will have a strong responsible society.
Lac Ste. Anne
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