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November 9, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Global warming demands action, not paranoia
Re: the feature letter in the Oct. 26, WCR:"Global warming decried as an enormous hoax." That headline flies in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Climatologists no longer have any doubt that global warming will soon pose an ever more serious threat to life on earth as we know it.
In recent years, there have been more extreme weather events. Glaciers have receded dramatically, the polar icecap is melting quicker and ocean levels are feared to be rising faster. There have been more national and regional droughts, and rivers have dried up.
Yet, letter writer Hermanutz contradictorily asks us to believe that sunspots, which have 11-year cycles, are somehow correlated with "concurrent global warming," yet the planet "has been cooling for the past eight years."
He would also have us accept that "Canada is not a 'rich' country," because of government debt and liabilities (in the process of being funded).
The facts again destroy his hypotheses. The wealth of the country - assets, infrastructure, natural and human resources - is in the trillions of dollars; the annual GDP is more than a trillion dollars. However, the combined federal and provincial debt is much less than one trillion, and this is mostly owed to Canadian banks and financial institutions - ourselves if you will.
True, there is great disparity of income in this country of astounding abundance. So, the Church has long advocated a just distribution of the wealth, reasoning that the resources of the planet belong to all of humankind, and not just to "savage" capitalist elites.
We have tried ignorance and paranoia for far too long.
Frankly, what we need more than ever is a strong dose of intelligence, and not uninformed and reactionary opinions.
Integrity of writer's explanation questioned
Kelly Wilson (WCR letters, Nov. 2) is factually incorrect in stating there is a Vatican document that encourages theologians to question pronouncements of doctrine already determined by the Church's magisterium.
Within the Catholic Church there is a hierarchy of truths. The Church has stated: "This hierarchy does not mean that some truths pertain to the faith less than others, but rather that some truths are based on others as of a higher priority and are illumined by them."
The question of infallibility regarding women's ordination was thus determined in 1995 when the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated: "This teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded on the written Word of God, and from the beginning constantly preserved and applied in the tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal magisterium (cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium 25, 2).
Thus, in the present circumstances, the Roman pontiff, exercising his proper office of confirming the brethren, has handed on this same teaching by a formal declaration, explicitly stating what is to be held always, everywhere, and by all, as belonging to the deposit of the faith."
Hence it is the case that modernists like Richard Gaillardetz will often attempt to undermine the faith under the pretense of explaining it.
Reader faults university's choice of presenters
Re:"Conservatives accused of thwarting Vatican II" (WCR, Oct. 26).
I am thoroughly disappointment with the faculty of theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa for providing Gregory Baum and Bishop Emeritus Remi De Roo a forum to preach their dissident views attacking Catholic teaching. More troubling is the encouragement given to these dissenters by the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
If anyone "thwarted" Vatican II it was Gregory Baum and his unorthodox henchmen. Baum's message of "hope" has, in reality, turned the Church into an institute on the precipice of despair - one that is in dire need of good and faithful priests and nuns.
This negative turn of events that has crippled the hierarchy since Vatican II is the result of Baum's false interpretation of the Church being "open to the world."
For Baum and his co-conspirators in modernism, "dialogue" is a flight from the Gospel of Christ and a descent into the dark movements of the zeitgeist that presently swirls like a vulture around an imperishable Church looking to corrupt souls in the name of unity.
Baum and co-patriot in liberalism, Bishop De Roo, are Pope John XXIII's "prophets of doom" disguised as "angels of light."
They preach equality and justice but in championing women's ordination and homosexuality, they deny women and homosexuals the right to Catholic truth.
Let us hope and pray that these dissenters will not be given future forums to espouse their spiritually toxic beliefs.
Letter to the Editor - 11/30/09
Background of speakers brings facts into question
I write in response to the Oct. 26 article in the WCR entitled: "Conservatives accused of thwarting Vatican II."
A casual reader would likely not see "the tail of the serpent" therein because, in my opinion, it was not an example of balanced reporting. The article is not something that I appreciate seeing in our official archdiocesan newspaper, one that I pay for as a parishioner.
The jabs and barbs thrust by the two renegades at the Ottawa conference are not given any context, and so the article could well be interpreted by the uniniformed to contain valid perspectives on the Catholic faith. However, one must consider the source; and below is only part of what my own research has revealed.
Both Baum and Bishop De Roo are known for their opposition to authentic Church teaching - for example, both helped rally opposition to Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, wherein the Church condemned artificial contraception.
Baum has also gained notoriety in opposing the Church's positions on issues such as priestly celibacy and homosexuality.
He was a leader in the revolt of Quebec "theologians" against the encyclical Veritatis Splendor and he was co-founder of the Catholic New Times, a liberal paper that has endeavoured to undermine Church teaching since 1976.
Bishop De Roo is widely recognized as advocating positions contrary to Catholic teaching. For example, he is a trained Enneagram teacher, subscribing to and teaching the use of a tool of the New Age movement. He has sought to alter Church teaching on a range of issues, such as priestly celibacy, the all-male priesthood and homosexuality.
The WCR should be focused on presenting the faithful with balanced reporting that is uplifting. It needs to be clear, concise, correct and Catholic. This article failed on all counts.
Fred D. Holtslag
Letter to the Editor - 11/30/09
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