Why a parishioner would keep the faith
I would like to propose one question to all those who do not understand Catholics like me who are committed to remaining Catholic no matter what happens within the institution of the church:
If it were discovered that many math teachers throughout the state of Minnesota were accused of some kind of serous wrongdoing, would you stop believing that five plus five equals 10?
Abuse by priests is deeply wrong and disturbing. Abuse by anyone is deeply wrong and disturbing. No sane person would deny that. But it doesn’t change Catholicism, nor what many of us believe.
The church needs us now more than ever. I will be at mass on Sunday, and I will hold my head high walking in, never embarrassed of my faith. There is no force great enough to take that away from me.
JILL MCCARTY, Edina
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Regarding the accusations against Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt (“Nienstedt, facing boy’s accusation, steps aside,” Dec. 18):
(a) I fear that we are moving into Salem witch hunt territory.
(b) If any pat on a bottom is seen as actionable, then it’s time we arrest every football coach between here and Grand Marais.
LEONARD FREEMAN, Long Lake
The writer is a retired Episcopal priest.
The case against it offers little hope
There were two takes on raising the minimum wage on the Star Tribune Dec. 17 opinion pages: one a column by Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune headlined “The minimum wage is a real illusion,” and the other an editorial cartoon by David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times portraying a plutocrat — er, aristocrat — looking down his nose at his serfs saying he will feed them to the wolves if they keep harping on better wages. I agree with the unstintingly honest cartoon because it so honestly says what Chapman’s tome attempts to circle and obscure with so very many words.
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