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Address root causes of worsening extreme weather Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Last week’s article in the Catholic Herald highlights efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey as well as Bishop Morlino’s collection for Catholic Charities USA. These efforts are commendable.

Now Hurricane Irma has struck Florida. While prayers and relief are needed there as well, we must also recognize that these storms are unprecedented: Harvey unleashed over 50 inches of rain, while Irma’s maximum sustained winds were longer and stronger than any storm ever recorded on Earth. Records aren’t simply meant to be broken; warmer water and air are fueling bigger storms.

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Hopes Church will continue to offer Mass in both rites Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

R. Jared Staudt’s article (July 27 issue of Catholic Herald) suggesting the Church use both the Extraordinary Form (with priest facing ad orientem) and Novus Ordo rites was interesting.

The Extraordinary Form offers much rich music, protocol, vestments, rubrical gestures, and the ranking and roles of the celebrants. God is adored and worshiped, and this worship is strictly conducted. Much attention is given to well-defined ritualistic human behaviors and postures which are meant to indicate the pious devotion of each worshiper.

The Novus Ordo offers a simpler worship . . . a community called by Christ nourished and fed in Word and sacred sacrament, and gathered around the living and active Christ who is present in the celebrant, the Word, His holy body and blood . . . and His people.

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Thoughts on Mass before and after Vatican II Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

While not yet Catholic, I attended many Latin Masses before Vatican II. The formal beauty and solemnity of the processions, the cross, the priest’s vestments — all inspired reverence.

I followed the spoken Latin, although not all of it was audible. Many parishioners not understanding Latin prayed the Rosary, following which they received Communion on the tongue, kneeling at a rail.

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Commentary strays from Matthew 5-7 Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

The commentary by Boyd Cathey, “The triumph of lunacy,” in the July 13 Catholic Herald, illustrates how far we can stray from the words of Jesus in Matthew 5-7 in our zeal to protect our Church.

I spent 42 years among students at what he characterized as a supposed center of higher education. Gullible, soul-less students? Hardly. They were too ethical and asked too many questions. And when they studied the Greek philosophers, they found men who engaged in discourse with and entertained the views of those with whom they differed.

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