A distorting picture is being painted
No institution in the world does more every day to help the world than the Catholic Church.
I am not a pious Catholic spouting useless words — the above statement is factual, and my goal in writing is to remember the good of the church and Christian faith in general. Let’s not be so cynical.
In his book “Rediscovering Catholicism,” Matthew Kelly points out many of the great things done by the church. Here are just a few:
• It has a nonprofit system of 637 hospitals, treating one in five patients in the United States each day.
• In Chicago alone it feeds 2.2 million free meals annually to the hungry and needy (6,027 people daily).
• About 2.7 million children attend Catholic schools each day at a cost of $10 billion a year to parents and parishes; this saves the public school system $18 billion a year.
ELIZABETH LAUKKA, Edina
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The Catholic Church, like any organization, is made up of fallible humans. I cannot explain the denseness of leadership that doesn’t rapidly expose and deal with valid complaints against clergy. But, I have to say, this situation is hardly unique to the Catholic Church. Yet, it seems and feels that the media (especially the Star Tribune) enjoy highlighting clergy failures on the front page, while other Christian religions or organizations end up in the metro section or not at all.
I want this disease expunged from the church. But I also want even treatment. Over the past many years, it certainly has felt like bigotry from those who wish Catholicism and even Christianity would go away.
As Pope Francis said recently when asked to describe himself: I am a sinner.
Aren’t we all?
DAVE ROY, Plymouth
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I noted a recent article on the Muslim celebration Eid al-Adha, or “festival of sacrifice” (with a large photo of men at a worship service) and on the same page as yet another article on a priest being accused of perhaps more sexual misconduct. However, what I haven’t seen reported was anything on the wonderful “Rediscover: 2013 Catholic Celebration” held at the St. Paul RiverCentre. It drew more than 5,000 Catholics last Saturday from four dioceses in Minnesota.
Our church has always been a group of sinners and saints. Please feel free to report our news that way.
PAT ARCHAMBAULT, St. Anthony
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