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June 29, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
No open door in CWL for women of other faiths
Re: "New CWL president seeks members from all faiths" (WCR, June 15).
As a 47-year CWL member, I would like to clarify a few statements made.
The Catholic Women's League is for Catholic women and has as one of its objects "to unite Catholic women of Canada." Membership, as per our constitution and bylaws is for "a Catholic woman 16 years of age or over."
There is an associate membership "for non-Catholic women 16 years of age or over . . . with voting privileges but without eligibility for office by election or appointment."
This associate membership was implemented as a welcoming gesture for the non-Catholic wife of a Catholic man. I now see it also as suitable for RCIA candidates.
I have never been asked if I was Catholic. So there may well be non-Catholic women involved in our organization.
In the league promise, we say, "I promise as a Catholic woman . . .".
I remember as a new member being the representative to the Women's Inter Church Council here in Edmonton. Today, our council and most of the other CWL parish councils still retain membership and participate in this group. We therefore, have been involved with women of other faiths for a long, long time.
I don't believe the CWL is an open door for women of other faiths and other Christians.
We are reponsible for the oilsands pollution
We're destroying our world with the oilsands. No one is to blame but ourselves. We have all become too dependent on oil, not even realizing what we're doing to our planet.
The pollution is hurting the atmosphere and increasing global warming. We could be killing endangered animals and plants by continuing.
An example is krill. They're a species of shrimp that many sea life animals eat, but because of the pollution they're dying out. There's only one-fifth of the amount they found 30 years ago. The thing that bothers me the most is that everyone knows the Alberta oilsands are bad for the environment and that we can change it by using a different power source.
But we all don't want to do it because it costs more money. When you think about it, it would be pretty easy to change if we change our priorities.
I realize a lot of people depend on it for jobs, but there are so many places that need hospitals and workers. If you worked for something like that you can do more than just make money, you can help people in a positive way. You could save someone's life, or fulfill a dream.
Think about the people that live near the oilsands. People are blaming them for what has happened, and imagine living in that wasteland. If we're tearing up our Earth, I'm not proud to say I'm a Canadian.
It can't happen instantly, but we can still make the world a better place little by little. I'm only in Grade 5, 11 years old, and this is one of my main concerns.
We can't just sit here and wish we would've done something when it's too late. Does anyone really want to leave this Earth not being proud of what they left behind?
Chalice rules include faith, science and obedience
In response to "Communion from chalice threatens good health" WCR letters June 15.
The correspondent's concerns are, I believe, shared by many. In doing some research on this topic, it seemed to me that there are three approaches to consider: science, faith and obedience For me, each has a bearing on the issues at hand.Science: We have been assured that the Church has examined the issue of receiving Holy Communion from the chalice carefully. It suggests that the healthiest way to receive the Blood of Christ is to have the chalice made of precious metal (not from glass or pottery).
The alcohol in the wine does kill some germs, but not all; the risk of infection is reduced when the cup is wiped thoroughly, both inside the rim and out with a purificator, which is not used for any other purpose.
Considered together, we have three "protocols" in place that enable us to receive Communion from the chalice with minimal risk: the non-porous metal precludes the gathering of germs; the chalice is wiped on both sides of the rim of the cup and rotated for each communicant; our own immune system of saliva and the wine itself protect us from any germs.
Faith: I also believe the Precious Blood itself works effectively to protect us from germs.
Obedience: In spite of the foregoing, I supported and obeyed the direction from the archbishop that requested parishes temporarily discontinue reception of the Precious Blood, receiving the consecrated host on the tongue and shaking of hands during the Sign of Peace.
Worshippers who may still be concerned about receiving from the chalice should know that receiving Communion under one species is still considered a full Communion.
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