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  • Remembering Bishop O’Dowd

    In the March 20 issue of Catholic San Francisco there appeared an enlightening article on the ordinaries/bishops who were natives of the San Francisco archdiocese.
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  • Consider both sides

    I read a lot of one-sided statements in Catholic San Francisco about the controversy over our archbishop’s recent speech to Catholic high school teachers. Both sides need to be considered.
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  • Perennial pro-life witness

    I have walked nine of the 11 years of the West Coast Walk for Life, including Jan. 22, 2015.
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  • Catholics and climate

    Very little research on the part of the writer of this letter would have revealed that (1) George Soros is not a Catholic but an atheist and (2) not only are Catholic bishops pro-climate change but so is the pope.
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  • Media and the sprinklers

    The news coverage of the expose that St. Mary’s Cathedral had a sprinkler system that, like the rain from heaven, fell on anyone who stood under it, was a fine example of the old adage that news stories should be “the sum of the facts, not some of the facts.”
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  • Caring for the homeless

    Have you ever been homeless? Putting up sprinklers that directly get the homeless wet is not caring for one another.
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  • Laity and the catechism

    I recently submitted an essay entitled “What’s a Catholic to Do,” which concluded: Look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church for church doctrine to guide your behavior with today’ complex issues. But you, sir, “tend to demur on catechism commentary by the laity.”
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  • Correcting the record

    I’m the director of communications for Defense One. I just wanted to make one small correction to Tony Magliano’s reply to “US strategy against ISIS” in your letters section (March 20).
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  • Employee contracts and the HHS mandate

    With regard to the controversial moral language that has been added to the San Francisco archdiocesan school teachers contracts it should be kept in mind that most American Catholic bishops are implementing similar morality clauses in their diocesan employee contracts.
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  • Limits of pacifism

    In response to Tony Magliano’s March 6 column “Beating swords into plowshares,” I often wonder if Mr. Magliano is living on the same planet as the rest of us.
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  • Man, church and climate change

    Mr. Firenze’s comments about climate change – “much worse than being a fraud, it is heresy” (letters, March 20) defies reasonable logic and discussion.
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  • Witness to melting ice

    About “Climate change is a fraud”: I was not there but I do believe that it was colder during the last Ice Age than it is now. I was there, 60 years ago, standing on the Columbia Icefield (Canadian Rockies) on about 150 feet of ice.
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  • Teaching in a diocesan school is a privilege

    I write to you as a parent of a past and present student in the San Francisco archdiocesan schools, as a Catholic, and as an individual.
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  • Transmitting the faith

    As a teacher of long experience in this archdiocese I rejoice that we have an archbishop willing to confront the problems of the proper teaching of Catholic doctrine, which cannot exclude the genuine witness of those of us entrusted to teach it.
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  • Defiance leads away from Christ

    Like so many readers of Catholic San Francisco I was saddened but not surprised by the clamor of voices attacking our archbishop for doing exactly what a bishop is called to do: Teach and defend the Catholic faith and protect his flock from the tentacles of the evil one.
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  • God’s laws have not changed

    While students at King’s College London have taken the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, to task for speaking out against same-sex marriage, San Francisco is now up in arms that its archbishop is defending church teaching in its four Catholic high schools.
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  • Supporting church teaching

    I completely support the archbishop’s statement regarding teachers and other staff at Catholic schools. Why would parents enroll their children in Catholic schools if they do not support the teachings of the church?
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  • Shining a bright light

    The leadership of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone shined a bright light on controversial yet traditional beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • Moral hazards of physician-assisted suicide

    “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life ...” (Deuteronomy 30).
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  • US strategy against ISIS

    In Tony Magliano’s article opposing any military action by the U.S. against ISIS (“Beating swords into plowshares,” March 6), he misquotes President Obama. According to Magliano, Obama is asking Congress to approve “enduring offensive ground combat operations” for “at least three years.”
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