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October 26, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Global warming decried as an enormous fraud
I have two objections to the supposed facts Bernd Nilles uses to build his case that Canada should do more about climate change ("Canada urged to be a leader on climate change," WCR, Oct. 12).
First, Canada is not a "rich" country. Our federal government is nearly half a trillion dollars in debt and rising. Provincial and municipal debt adds another half trillion dollars to Canada's debts. We have unfunded pension and health care liabilities of more than a trillion dollars.
Average Canadian household debt is 140 per cent of our annual household incomes and Canadian businesses are also deep in debt. Our major trading partner who is responsible for 30 per cent of Canada's economy is bankrupt and is suffering currency devaluation.
Canada is broke and deeply in debt. Even if Canadian economic activity was causing the sea level to rise in Bangladesh - and there is zero evidence this is true - in order to reduce our CO2 emissions, should Canada go further in debt so our great-grandchildren are born into debt bondage?
Second, not a single piece of scientific data shows a causal link between increasing atmospheric CO2 and concurrent global warming. Earth has been cooling for the past eight years while CO2 levels continue to rise. Earth was cooling between the 1940s and 1970s while CO2 increased.
There is an almost perfect correlation between changes in sunspot activity and changes in Earth's temperature, so what is the evidence telling us about the real driver of climate change?
The obscenely well-funded global warming industry has created climate models that assume CO2 drives climate change.
But the models don't work. They cannot be tweaked to make them agree with real weather data collected from around the world.
Global warming and "climate change" is an enormous fraud that is enriching its advocates by billions of dollars, at our expense.
Letter to the Editor - 11/09/09
Liberal teachings about hell's existence offends
I'm not a theologian. Yet I hate how people re-interpret what is written.
Father Ron Rolheiser's column is one of them. Why does the WCR allow such liberal views? We are not accountable for our action in life because hell doesn't exist.
According to Father Rolheiser, it only exists if we are absent of life, love and forgiveness. Many of our homeless and other people in this world fit under these words. Thus, many of us walking on earth are in hell.
I heard statements like this before: "Hell is what you make of it." Really now! Why sugarcoat the truth that Jesus teaches us and that is written in the Bible?
Our Apostle's Creed states: "He descended into hell and on the third day he rose again." Jesus was without life, without love and without forgiveness. I don't think so.
Hell, with its fire, does exist.
In Matthew 13.6, The Parable of Darnel explained, Matthew writes, "The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth."
This is written in the Bible. You can't change what is written. It doesn't say absence of life.
There are many other statements in the Bible about the fires of hell: Mark 9.43-48; Luke 16.24; Revelation 20.13-15; Revelation 21.8.
Our faith is in deep crisis now with a mixture of deception and what make us feel good policy.
We have to stop such liberal views and teach the truth.
Father Rolheiser's column in my view doesn't fit our true teachings of the Church. The Western Catholic Reporter should find a replacement that does teach the truth.
Bishop Lahey coverage angers WCR reader
I am angry at the cover story in the Oct. 12 WCR ("Priest took pornography allegations to his bishop 20 years ago").
There is enough material in the secular media without our "Catholic" paper having to publish the same devastating material on Bishop Lahey.
When Our Lord was brought the woman caught in adultery, he said, "He who is without sin, throw the first stone."
There are a lot of sinless people in Canada who are throwing stones.
I thought that people in Canada were innocent until proven guilty. Bishop Lahey is guilty until proven innocent.
Orthodox so welcoming at Our Lady of Pochaev visit
I have been remiss to write you this note of thanks for the excellent coverage given to the visitation to Edmonton of the wonder-working icon of Our Lady of Pochaev. (WCR, Oct. 5;Oct. 12?).
Those who attended any of the services associated with the icon's visit were treated to hospitality, generosity and friendship on the part of our sisters and brothers of the Orthodox Church.
Furthermore, we were invited to a rare opportunity of common prayer and veneration of the Mother of God, a gesture that could only have pleased her and her Son, Our Lord Jesus.
Chris Miller's reporting allowed people to learn about this opportunity beforehand and to participate in it even after the events.
As ecumenism relies not only on the careful articulation of theological and doctrinal realities, but also (and perhaps all the more) on the healing of memories and the sharing of spiritual gifts within the family of believers, Miller (and by extension, the whole paper) rendered a tremendous service to the ministry of ecumenism in Edmonton through this excellent reporting.
Our Orthodox brother, Matthew Francis, was quoted as saying: "Only through love, prayer and the intercession of the Mother of God, will there be a true unity of churches." To such a statement a Catholic can only respond, "Amen."
Ecumenism & Interfaith Relations,
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