Letters to the editor: Pick your
After the January 1999
Papal visit to St. Louis there was a sense of excitement and spirit of
enthusiasm. Almost everyone had something very positive to say about
the great impact of the pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II to the
Archdiocese of St. Louis. On a Sunday morning you could hardly find a
pew in church for which to seat your entire family.
Now, six years later you
can have your pick of any pew you want in church. Why? Because, over the years the Catholic
Church has continued to fail its parishioners. Little by
little the actions of the Church have eroded the unity of those who
stood by, built and supported the Archdiocese.
an example, a friend of mine who is divorced has been banned from
receiving the Sacrament of Communion. The divorce is of no fault of
hers (the husband abandoned the family). Her attempt to inquire about
receiving an annulment was met with a dollar sign. Yes, you could
obtain an annulment for a hefty price. Most of us know
individuals in this situation.
past year we heard about an 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare
digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat wafers. After the church's
pastor refused to allow a substitute wafer, a priest at a nearby parish
volunteered to offer one, and in May, the child wore a white Communion
dress, and received the sacrament alongside her mother, who had not
taken Communion since she herself was diagnosed with the disease.
Recently, the diocese told the priest that the church would not
validate the child's sacrament because of the substitute wafer.
the local scene, there is the standoff of Archbishop Burke and the
parishioners of St Stanislaus. I personally stand behind the
parishioners. If liquidation is required, I would donate the money to a
non-catholic church (i.e. Baptist, Lutheran, or Jewish). Perhaps
consider giving the property and assets to the Reverend Larry Rice of
the New Life Evangelistic Center.
This past November we all
saw how parishioners are being told how they must vote.
Archbishop Rigali and his minions tried
to shuffle under the carpet the sex abuse by priest and nuns. This is
the straw that broke the camel's back. The saga of the pedophile priest
has encouraged the parishioners to close their wallets, which is now
the only action that gets the attention of the archdiocese.
Catholic Church has failed its parishioners. You can see this
documented fact by being able to pick your own pew.
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