Thursday, July 19, 2007

Letter to the Editor

Not sure if anyone caught it or not, but the father of a local parishioner had his letter to the editor published in yesterday's Star Tribune. The letter he was responding to, along with his response, can be found below.

Original Letter:
Letter of the day: A papal proclamation for these narrow times

Published: July 15, 2007

As a lifelong Catholic who has learned to recognize this church's profound disrespect for knowledge and growth, even I was astonished at Pope Benedict's proclamation last week reiterating the unenlightened and niggardly belief that the Catholic Church is the only true church and that no other church holds the means to salvation.

How this pope and his followers can possibly believe in a God who would create a beautiful world, populate it with intelligent people, then allow only a kernel of truth to flourish is beyond any belief system I am capable of accepting.

However, this pope's proclamation does come to us at a time when our country, under the administration of George W. Bush, also asks us to suspend belief in the obvious. I hope we're not so involved in our electronic toys that we fail to raise our heads, open our ears and our hearts, straighten our backbones and move forward with the integrity it will take to "turn the world around."

SHAWN GILBERT, BLOOMINGTON

Response:
CATHOLIC DOCTRINE
Respect for all faiths

Several letters from Star Tribune readers have criticized the recent restatement of Catholic teaching on "Church." One writer, purporting to be a lifelong Catholic, laments that he has "learned to recognize this church's profound disrespect for knowledge and growth." But he demonstrates an ignorance of the document and Catholic teaching.

While the document affirms the church's traditional teaching regarding itself and its beliefs, it also says that other Christian faiths "... are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact, the spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation. ..."

The Catholic Church also teaches that salvation extends to non-Christians as well.

JERRY HEIL, WHITE BEAR LAKE

1 comment:

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

WAY TO GO JERRY!!!! Good job keeping it simple for the simple. That "church's profound disrespect for knowledge and growth" statement was like a slap across the face of any real Catholic. Good thing we're used to it...ooooh, and it has the extra bonus of suffering for our faith so I guess it isn't ALL bad to have ignorant dissent like that! YAY SUFFERING! heehee