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placeholder  August 20, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
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Feel-good Marxism

Terry Callan's letter (Forum, June 25) reminds me of the need to remain ever vigilant against the errors of Marxism and the attraction of level-one thinking.

This mindset latches on to works of Marx and others that sound and feel good at the outset. But when these ideas are brought to their logical conclusion, they are ultimately destructive to those it's trying to help.

Socialism, despite its emotional appeal, has been a colossal failure when it comes to delivering the goods to those it is supposed to benefit from the redistribution of wealth.

It is the free market system, not socialism, that has lifted the poor out of poverty through productive means, invented cures to disease, increased food production, created greater efficiencies in production and encouraged political liberty among many other positive attributes.

The common problem I find with both systems is the selfishness and greed that drives the decision making of many influential leaders and corporations. In my opinion, this problem results in large part from the Church's failure to teach the Judeo-Christian worldview of stewardship in the realm of economics.

Today we are part of an economic system that is driven by a worldview largely void of biblical precepts and thus our frustration with the current economic system.
I believe the answer is in reforming, not abandoning, our free market system which has historically delivered a greater benefit to mankind than any other political or economic system.

Patrick Martin

All is not well

I read the recent publication of the "Celebration of 50 Years Since Vatican II," but I am not ready to celebrate when I was reminded by fellow Catholics, that all is NOT well!

Sixty percent or more of Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence, and to those who attend any Novos Ordo Mass will verify the lack of respect for the Blessed Sacrament too many of us have adopted since Vatican II.

Since Vatican II 75,000 priests have left the priesthood; Many, many seminaries and convents are now closed; I knew some of these men who left the priesthood, they were good men but could not accept many of the changes from Vatican II; hundreds and hundreds of Catholic churches and schools have closed in America, and many more in Europe; reports have shown 55 percent of Catholics support abortion and contraceptives. There is now accepted a whole new concept for the allowance for divorce by our priests and bishops.

Although I want to believe/accept the changes of Vatican II, "the history of the past 50 years and our Church since Vatican II have proven something is seriously wrong!

(And please note, I did not dare remind us all of the harm and embarrassment hundreds of our priests and many bishops have caused the Church!)

Rich Peterson

Attack on nuns

Why is the Vatican going after the American nuns? I was educated by these "saintly nuns" during the '40s and have been forever grateful for the education I received along with everyday values according to the Church.

It seems that last April the Vatican announced it would investigate the Leadership Conference of American Nuns as they had spent too much time working on issues of poverty rather than issues of abortion and birth control —The Vatican stated that the nuns are challenging the official dogma of the Catholic Church.

What is going on? These nuns have spent their lives serving the ill, the poor, the children and not challenging Church dogma. Let's face the fact that the Church is controlled by a group of elderly men who have no idea what is going on in this world. The bishops/cardinals wear their fancy tailor-made costumes, live in fancy surroundings and are driven around in chauffeured limos while the nuns are barely surviving with everyday life. I truly believe that women are as much a part of the Church as men and stand foremost in the eyes of God and should be treated as the saints they are.

Change is needed — a younger generation of spiritual leaders would be a great start.

J. Eric Salmon

Thanks for story

Thanks to Michele Jurich for a good article (Voice, Aug. 6) on a very special young man, Andrew Moore. He was and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us, especially young people. We need such good examples today.

Having been blessed to know Andrew and spend time in prayer and conversation with him, it was clear that he put his beliefs into action because it was the right thing to do. He was taught what is so often lacking in education today, even in much Catholic education — how to think and reason, clearly and logically, and that if God exists, there is objective Truth.

So many, even in the Church, fail to believe that central teaching — there is truth, and we can know it. (We see evidence in this Forum on a regular basis.)

Matters of faith and morals that are defined by the Magisterium (always operating together with Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition) are part of this truth, revealed by Christ Himself.

"He who hears you, hears Me. He who rejects you rejects Me and Him who sent Me."

What is evil today cannot be good tomorrow. What is contrary the will of Christ today cannot be His will tomorrow.

May we and our leaders, especially our bishops, wake up and speak up in time!

David Zarri

Read catechism

I would ask you to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church so you could better understand how wise the Church is on all teachings. It is for a stronger faith and a stronger family.

We have seen how our country has and is suffering as we replace God's Law with man's laws

How blessed we are.

Beverly McWilliams

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