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placeholder June 13, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
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Graduation day

Dedicated to all graduates:

Jesus to keep as the center of my life

Each moment, whether in joy or in strife

Smiles to share are a gift from our Lord each day

Using my heart, eyes and ears to help me know the way

Staying true to my faith with everything I do or say

Happy Graduation Day!

Kathleen Mary Sao
Union City

In the image of God

I've been reading with interest the letters written to the Forum concerning the church's teachings of reaching out to other religious traditions. The outreach toward the other traditions is a byproduct of Vatican II, notably through the documents "Unitatis Redintegratio" (Decree on Ecumenism) and "Nostra Aetate" ("In Our Time").

Attentive reading of these documents show that the Catholic faith is not meant to take a back seat position with its relationship to the other great traditions, but rather to reach out to our brethren of different faiths in order to work together in solving many of today's social problems and finding common ground amongst our religious beliefs.

At the core, all of humanity is made in the image of God. We may wear different cloaks (religious traditions) but in the eyes of God we are all the same. Many of the parables in the New Testament attest to this belief.

Our teachings and dogma have been set in stone so as to remind Catholics of our heritage, our faith and our beliefs, but they are not meant to lie static. They are meant to move us in the direction toward a greater understanding of our own selves, of our relationship to God and of our relationship to our neighbor, whatever cloak he or she may wear.

John Giuntoli

Poor statement

Re: the letter, "One true Church," (Forum, May 23): I have been a Catholic for 74 years and never in my life have I seen such a statement.

I wonder what theological education the writer received, if any.

Louis Labat

Christian genocide

I have been wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't do more to help stop the brutal killings of Christians that have been taking place by Muslims in the Middle East, particularly over the last decade.

Certainly prayer is in order but if that is all that took place during the Crusades I don't know if the Catholic Church would exist today.

God gave us talents are we are obligated to use them to stop all evil actions that threaten to destroy our Christian way of life.

I have read numerous books regarding Islam and there is no way I can accept an organization founded by a man one of whose wives, Aisha, was 6 years old and who consummated the marriage when she was 9 (http://bit.ly/1t4BYXK). I don't need to go into all of the other behaviors that are supported by this "Sharia Law" it professes.

I searched on the Internet using the words Catholic Church and Islam and was shocked to see the following document titled "Vatican Council and Papal Statements on Islam" (http://bit.ly/1UiYLFg).

I can hardly believe what it says regarding the Catholic Church's position on the Muslim organization. I would appreciate reading opinions from others on this document and the current issues in the Middle East.

David Brusiee

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