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  • Protecting innocents in our ‘sanctuary city’

    The “sanctuary city” policies are helpful to the extent they do not discourage San Franciscans, whatever their immigration status, from reporting crimes, but recently they have been misused to shield a serial offender, with terrible results.
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  • Gay Catholics key to Castro parish’s growth

    As a former parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro District I read with interest the article the July 17 issue titled “Precious Blood Fathers answer call to shepherd Castro parish.” The story was familiar to me but I admit to blinking twice when I read what I am sure what Father Link meant as a positive statement: “… the parish does not have even a ministry defined or directed specifically to the gay or LGBT community.”
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  • Prayer for charity and understanding

    Civil gay marriage is now constitutional in the entirety of the United States. That is a reality found to be unpleasant by many, including many in our Catholic community.
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  • Correcting the record

    I always enjoy reading “Around the Archdiocese” articles every week – always informative and enjoyable for the most part!
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  • Regrettable analogy

    After the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage last week, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB, wrote a statement lamenting the decision.
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  • Charities’ legacy on prison hospitality

    Your article of June 19 (“San Quentin prison families visit dads, granddads”) on the “Get on the Bus” visiting program of the children of the incarcerated reminds me of the humble beginnings of the prison visiting program now in place at California’s 33 prisons.
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  • ‘We’re here for the nuns’

    Your June 19 edition highlighted the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I congratulate the paper for that wonderful story. For those of your readers who remember the late ABC broadcaster Paul Harvey, there is “the rest of the story” deserving to be told about the sisters.
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  • State of the Fourth Estate

    The essays by columnists toward Archbishop Cordileone demonstrate the pathetic state of the Fourth Estate within San Francisco and its environs.
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  • Embrace wisdom, invoke compassion

    Between me and my three siblings we have 32 years with the Sisters of the Holy Name at St. Mark’s School; we have six with the Jesuits at Loyola High School. We have six years with the Franciscans at St Anthony’s Seminary; two with the Sisters of Notre Dame and another two with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. We have six more with the Jesuits at Loyola Marymount University.
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  • Inclusive terminology

    Thank you for including the “mixed-race” community in your article. We use the term “multiracial,” but understand that people do use other terminology that may not be as inclusive or respectable. Unfortunately, we at Project RACE (www.projectrace.com) must deal with these issues daily.
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  • Archdiocese needs Solomon

    The 108 “committed Catholics” who petitioned Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone have been committed to every San Francisco archbishop – including Archbishop Cordileone.
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  • Too late for ‘reality check’

    Archbishop Martin and Italian Cardinal Parolin and German Cardinal Kasper are quoted lamenting the Irish vote to redefine marriage.
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  • The forgotten

    The brewing tensions between liberal and conservative Catholics clearly reflect a polarized community in San Francisco.
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  • Faith and naivete

    A person may be called naive if she or he (“xe”) does not understand why “xe” believes something and has no means of testing the truth of what is believed.
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  • Catholics have the answer

    Thank you for your answers to the misguided signers of the ad to Pope Francis. Thanks to our controlled media, we have a lot of misguided people.
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  • Bringing people together

    I feel I should defend the writers of the open letter to Pope Francis that was published in the Chronicle.
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  • The sword and the lily

    In his column (“Who am I to judge?” April 24) Father Ron Rolheiser says that we, not Christ, judge ourselves.
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  • Avoiding ‘witch hunts’

    I was pleased to read Archbishop Cordileone’s statement that he doesn’t want “witch hunts” in our archdiocese.
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  • Drought a teachable moment

    It is a major issue, one that affects us all: the California drought.
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  • Holy Week and the Chronicle ad

    Holy Week, the Easter triduum, and the wrenching memory of Jesus’ painful suffering and death, hardly forgotten some days ago, seemed too far behind us to resurface partially in the protests and posturing against our archbishop in mid-April.
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