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February 23, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Another side of the residential school story
In response to the article,“All bear some responsibility for residential schools” (WCR, Feb. 2), I want to give some testimonies of native people who will not come forward because they will be threatened by other native people from the reserves.
I am native myself and I don’t care if they threaten me. I am fed up with all this misunderstanding by the natives and the lawyers who are creating social disorder.
They have threatened me for not signing some letters that were just taken from one person to another without any reasons. The lawyers would say, “Sign this, you will get money for it.”
Nothing has happened to me and I went to a residential school but they would not allow me to say it. I liked it at the school because I was abused by my dad and my brothers.
At the school, I was quiet and ate well and went to school. That’s how I learned English and I am grateful for it.
But who wants to hear the truth from those natives that loved the schools? The majority of children were not abused in the schools. The abused were in the minority compared with the good that came out of the schools. We got education at least and much more than that.
The lawyers want the media to publish some rubbish and false testimonies about the nuns and the priests. They are trying to destroy the churches and nobody seems to see this.
Many among us would like to say that the nuns were very good to us. I could speak my mother tongue out there; nobody ever stopped me. Of course we had to learn English. Why not?
Fierce debate continues over the Lefebvrists
Re: Feb. 16 editorial by Glen Argan,“Lefebvrists unlikely to recognize the truth of Vatican II.”
Glen Argan’s editorial is more tainted with prejudice than it is concerned with the facts regarding both the Catholic Church and the Society of St. Pius X.
First, the Society of St. Pius X in no way supports or condones anti-Semitism. Nor does it harbour “Holocaust deniers.” It does acknowledge the historical fact that the Jewish authorities at the time of Christ were responsible for Christ’s death -- a fact the Catholic Church does not deny.
If it is Argan’s wish to cast aspersions on others, he might consider the large majority of Jewish people who have overwhelmingly displayed their public disdain for both Pope Benedict and, most especially, Pope Pius XII whom they believe was a collaborator with the Nazis.
As for harbouring “Holocaust-deniers in its midst,” Argan might want to reflect on the great number of heretical bishops, priests and theologians harboured by the Catholic Church without censure.
Secondly, the society does not oppose ecumenism as it is authentically understood. Most people in the Church today incorrectly equate ecumenism with syncretism and its search for a word-wide religious utopia.
Both the Catholic Church and the Society of Pius X on the other hand equate both ecumenism and religious liberty with “Catholicism.” This, in fact is the basis and the justification for dialogue.
As for “opposing liturgical reforms,” Pope Benedict has indicated by his own practices and examples that these were not real reforms.
If all our bishops were as diligent and as forthright as the pope, the Church wouldn’t be in the moral mess it is in today.
Nature often parallels spiritual situations
In Glen Argan’s segment about St. Paul, for Feb.9,“The forsaken one receives glory,” he brought up an argument that almost seems paranoid, or at least very disturbing.
Mr. Argan says, “The Son of God . . . took sin, all sin — the complete absence of being — into himself. . . . Because Jesus entered into nothingness, God is absent. Totally absent. It is impossible for the fullness of being to be present in the emptiness of being.”
Jesus couldn’t take upon himself all the sins of the world all at once. The work of salvation continues to this day, and many of us are helping him.
Jesus even had trouble preaching in the darkness of the streets of the towns and cities, which is why Mathew quoted Isaiah at Matthew 12.19. “He will not brawl or shout, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.”
Nor do I know why Mr. Argan would say that it’s impossible to exist in emptiness. Usually we can find parallels of these situations in the workings of nature, just as Jesus did.
For example, our sun continues to shine into the far reaches of the darkness, vacuum and emptiness of space. No one questions whether it can do this, nor worries about it blinking out. We continue to see the sun and the stars and we continue to navigate ourselves by them.
Facts, not assumptions wanted about cremation
Re: Feb. 2 article,“Why did the Church change her mind on cremation?”
One paragraph says, “It seemed to be a denial of the resurrection of the body.” “Seemed” is a rather weak word to use on such an important subject.
In the next paragraph is the statement, “Since cremation was no longer seen as an anti-Christian statement.” Why was it no longer seen as an anti-Christian statement? Again, an explanation is required.
Was part of the reason for the Holy Roman Catholic Church to find cremation acceptable really because it was becoming more acceptable in society as space for burial became limited and also due to economic and health reasons?
I really was looking for a more spiritual in-depth explanation. It leaves one questioning the Church’s decision-making process.
No children have been born in 30 years in Greek city
Your article,“Media take ostrich approach to travesty of birth control” (WCR editorial, Jan. 19) was so well written, I must comment.
I hope the readers appreciate your in-depth understanding of this global population collapse. Congratulations for courageously saying it as it is.
May I add something I observed recently? While I was on a trip to the Black Sea in September 2008, our guide told us about a city outside of Athens, Greece, where not one child has been born for about 30 years.
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