May 11, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Prayerful reflection of the Bible reveals God’s word
Re: “Homosexuality was no big deal in the Bible” (WCR letters, April 13).
Welcome back to the Catholic Church, Kathy Fitzgerald. As someone who also returned I’d like to offer a few insights to facilitate your journey home.
First, actively seek the truth and open your heart to what you might discover. Challenging the teachings of the Church is a great way to discover your faith, understand it more deeply and be able to defend it. But it is pointless to do so if you choose to refuse to be swayed.
If you are not open to conversion of heart or to be led where God might lead you, you will always find fault with the Church. Therefore, pray for an open heart and courageously seek answers to your dilemmas, but be sure to seek your answers from Catholic sources. Also remember Christ’s words in Gethsemane, “yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22.42).
Second, be reassured by the fact that Catholicism is founded on faith and reason. No Catholic teachings, other than some of the mysteries, are beyond human reason.
Reason, however, is enlightened by faith. Sometimes we just don’t get what the Church is saying because the state of our faith inhibits our ability to reason.
For years I failed to understand how premeditated avoidance of intercourse during the fertile period differed from artificial contraception. My breakthrough came by a simple analogy in a Christopher West book. West’s explanation touched my faith and brought my intellect to understanding.
Finally, read your Bible often and prayerfully. You inferred that God made no big deal about homosexuality in the Bible. While I could point out verses where Christ condemns homosexual behaviour, God made his biggest statement about it by omitting it from the Book of Genesis.
In creating a partner for Adam, God created a complementary being that completed Adam. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (1.27).
Sometimes we make the biggest statements by saying nothing at all. Prayerful reflection on God’s word may show us that the same may sometimes be true of the Bible. May God bless you on your journey.
Oil is not just dirty but it is also bloody
With the recent inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama, I experienced like many other Canadians a relieved sense of optimism with the passing of the Bush administration. The media headlines and newscasts were welcome to many of us buzzing of the Obama administration’s focus on the environment and clean energy.
It became obvious that Obama did not think favorably on using Alberta oil from the tar sands, deeming it dirty oil. I agree that the process used to extract oil from the tar sands and the byproducts from this impose a huge burden on the environment.
However, I think there is one point regarding this issue that is being overlooked. What about the previous administration of George W. Bush and the process it used to secure the oilfields of Iraq?
It involved public deception as we were told Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, although none have been found. Finally, when the invasion of Iraq commenced, the process tipped the scales in terms of the disastrous environmental impact it had. It wasn’t ducks that were killed, it was people, many of them innocent.
If they were not killed they were left wounded, perhaps permanently disabled for life. Families and loved ones were torn apart.
Buildings, museums, monuments and infrastructure were obliterated, many by dirty bombs using spent uranium leaving a hazardous residue that will affect the health of Iraqis for years to come.
The question that remains is whether the U.S. under Obama and the rest of the western world will accept this oil for consumption.
Oil that is not only dirty, but bloody.
Letter to the Editor - 05/18/09
Abuse survivor says ‘thank you’ to pope
I would like to express my deep gratitude toPope Benedict for acknowledging and expressing his sorrow for the abuse that took place in residential schools in Canada.
I would like to express deeper gratitude for those who have had the courage to speak out about the crimes perpetrated against them in the face of strong opposition and intimidation, within and without. It is a long slow process for victims to be heard and believed, much less understood.
As a survivor of childhood and other sexual abuse, I identify with the feelings of rage, alienation and deep mistrust of the intentions of those who are in authority in the Church. It means a great deal when he who acts in persona Christi speaks out against the evils of abuse because it sometimes feels like the silence is deafening. It is a balm to the spirit that our Holy Father has, in the past, and continues to acknowledge and respond to this painful reality.
Too often there is a tendency to protect perpetrators who “have more to lose” in terms of reputation or wealth, enabling their sickness when what they need is help. When any part of the Body of Christ is hurting we are all affected. Silence doesn’t make the reality or the shame go away.
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