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When does it stop?

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, (Voice, Oct. 6) recites a prayer from the Lutheran Church, used in a Catholic service, and takes the time to tell us how pleased his Lutheran friends are. And why not?

We have adopted the Lutheran service; Communion in the hand; Mass facing the congregation; removal of the altar rails; tabernacles removed to side altars or back rooms. I am constantly reminded by my Lutheran and other Protestant friends how we have adopted and copied the Lutheran service.

Just a reminder. 70 percent of Catholics no longer believe in the real presence, which was the intent of Martin Luther. Communion in the hand was used as a denial by Martin Luther and the early Protestants to establish that Christ was not present in the Blessed Sacrament. Several synods forbade the reception of Communion kneeling in order to avoid any suggestion that the host was venerated.

I ask Bishop Barber and all our priests to promote the true, traditional Catholic Church.

Reminder: Hundreds of thousands of Catholics are leaving the Catholic Church every year!

And why not? The Catholic Church has changed. See what more new changes The Vatican is making today!

Rich Peterson

'Apostle of truth'

That amazing English writer and "Apostle of Common Sense" G.K. Chesterton wisely observed that "One of the greatest proofs that water exists is the fact that we get thirsty." I believe we can apply this logic to say that one of the greatest proofs that God exists is our unquenchable thirst for Him, for truth.

I was blessed to know the local young man of 22 years, Stephen Cox, who very recently became a brother of St. Benedict at Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon, and then suddenly died in an epileptic seizure on Sept. 4. Brother Cox would often join a dedicated group of us "prayer warriors" on Friday mornings for Mass at Queen of All Saints, Concord, before the 20 decades of a pro-life rosary in front of the Planned Parenthood killing center just two blocks away!

I see a connection here because in getting to know Brother Cox, even the little that I did, I could see that he was an "Apostle of truth."

He could see what so many Catholics never learned or fail to believe — there is objective truth and we can know it (Him, Jesus Christ). Our Lord promised His Church freedom from error in matters of faith and morals, through the Magisterium, always operating together with God's written word, the Bible and His oral word, sacred tradition.

Either we believe everything the Church proposes for our belief, or we believe nothing. Saying we believe a particular teaching because it happens to coincide with our current opinion is not faith, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Brother Cox saw that a critical part of the truth of our Catholic faith is the sanctity of human life. We are truly "wonderfully made" in "God's image and likeness." We have a soul that will exist forever (May that forever be with God.).

We're now in the Respect Life Month of October. What is your parish doing to promote life?

I believe that in Brother Cox, we now have another pro-life intercessor. May we join him with our prayer, work and fasting. God loves life. Can we do less? Join the 40 Days For Life Campaign in Concord, or the one nearest you.

David Zarri

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