Readers Speak Out: September 2, 2018

  • September 11, 2018

Please come again

Re: Where are the missionaries who will evangelize today? (Aug. 5-12):

Fr. de Souza criticizes the Cathedral of St. Boniface, Man., calling it “the saddest church to visit in Canada.”

Granted, the new cathedral does not “soar” like the former one, but it is exactly the juxtaposition between the old and the new that makes this an interesting site to visit. The new cathedral enshrined within the shell of the old one respects our past and incorporates the new.

It is not architecture that gives spirituality to a cathedral but, rather, the Christian community that worships within its walls. Perhaps  Fr. de Souza should delve into our history and come for another visit.

Aurise Kondziela,

Winnipeg, Man.

Get it right

It is good news that the new Ford government will actually consult with parents on the sex-ed curriculum. The former Liberal government said they did 4,000 consultations, but they didn’t. A freedom of information request by Sun Media revealed there were only 1,638 consultations.

Government needs to properly consult with parents. They should not use an online survey where “principals handpicked the respondents.” And they need to actually listen to parents. 

Hopefully this time government will get it right.

Patricia Maloney,

Ottawa, Ont.

Communicate truth

Re: Language of sheep (Readers Speak Out) Aug. 5-12:

Just because some people respond with silence, derision or anger to the teaching of the Church does not change the truth expressed in Humanae Vitae. Let us try to find better ways of communicating the truth so more people will accept it. The Old Testament prophets delivered God’s message even though it was not popular. Every priest and bishop should do likewise.

It is possible to preach about this topic in a positive way. I have never received more compliments than when I preached about it.

Fr. Louis Di Rocco,

Westport, Ont.

Great tragedy

The failure of pastors to proclaim the natural law about marriage and chastity is a very great tragedy. This law is clarified and confirmed in Divine Revelation. This includes the fact that deliberate or artificial contraception is always gravely wrong.

Pastors are obliged not only to proclaim and defend this truth, but to explain it convincingly, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Paul J. McDonald,

Niagara Falls, Ont.

Seeking justice

I find part of the answer to the horrifying abuse in the Church staring me right in the face. The criminals who perpetrate these acts, whether directly or indirectly involved in acts of abuse or in any coverups, must face courts of justice.

Carol Leeming, 

Whitby, Ont.

No joke

Re: Marijuana still a sin even after it is legal (July 8-15):

I thought it was an April fools joke to read that use of marijuana was a sin. It becomes harder and harder to pay attention to the hierarchy.

Mary Jane O’Brien,


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