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  • Altar service should not differentiate on gender

    The writer makes various commentary and assumption about attending a church where predominately females attend the altar.
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  • Lifetime spiritual growth

    Please consider the following topics to be addressed in our archdiocese: For young adults, invite them to be eucharistic ministers and lectors, as they need to be involved in our parish community; involve them in projects such as working with the poor at St. Vincent de Paul and other ministries so they will believe they are doing worthwhile work for themselves and the church; encourage them to join choirs.
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  • Church not stagnant

    In George Weigel’s recent review of the “60 Minutes” segment on Pope Francis (Jan. 28), he states that Catholics have been discussing controversial issues such as “family planning, the nature of human love, and the indissolubility of marriage” for years and have come to the conclusion that the Catholic church’s view on these issues has not changed and will not change.
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  • Unwarranted attacks on church, clerics

    I am concerned at what I see as an increasing crescendo of anti-Catholic, or at the very least, anti-clerical attacks upon the Catholic Church in San Francisco.
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  • Convince, not demand

    In the past few weeks, we have been seeing a phenomenon that has become all too common across this country and which shows a major weakness in the Catholic Church.
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  • Face of God

    I am finding it increasingly difficult to be a practicing Catholic. While I find hope and comfort in the Gospel and the sacraments along with the words and deeds of Pope Francis, I fail to see the Gospel lived out in our diocese all too frequently.
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  • Appalled at protests

    I’m appalled at the protests on the cathedral steps against Archbishop Cordileone. For the protests to occur during Mass is scandalous.
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  • Sacred duty to teach

    I want to voice my support and deep appreciation for Archbishop Cordileone as he seeks to work with our Catholic high schools to make sure that they are providing an accurate and unified teaching of Catholic doctrine.
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  • Schools off course

    Archbishop Cordileone should be roundly applauded for removing the apparent ambiguity in the guidelines governing the Catholic schools operation under his governance.
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  • Moral stance encouraging

    Thank you for your moral clause in the San Francisco high school handbooks.
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  • God calls all to serve him

    Who among us would say, in light of the growing gap between female and male college graduates, that women should stop going to college?
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  • Difficult for women to relate

    The recent decisions, and the articulated rationale at Star of the Sea Parish regarding female altar servers, have been upsetting to many.
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  • Sincere but flawed defense

    Father Illo makes what is undoubtedly a sincere but also a very flawed defense of his decision to ban altar girls.
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  • What would Mary say?

    I write concerning Father Illo’s effort to exclude girls as altar servers at his parish. I also write as a father of two daughters and a grandfather of three granddaughters.
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  • All one in Christ Jesus

    I would quote Galatians 3:26-29: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
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  • Courage of Irena Sendler

    I was happy to read your newspaper article on Irena Sendler (“How one young Catholic saved 2,500 kids,” Christina Capecchi column, Jan. 28).
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  • Women in the church

    Catholic San Francisco posted on Pope Francis saying, “I am convinced at the urgency of offering space to women in the life of the church ...” (Feb. 13, Page 11).
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  • Who are the saints?

    Letters in Catholic San Francisco’s Feb. 6 issue largely support girl altar servers. Who are the saints in our Catholic Church?
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  • Role of boys and men at Mass

    I agree with Father Illo’s stance regarding training only boys to serve at Mass.
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  • Limits to free speech

    The massacre in Paris on Jan. 7 at the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo rightfully deserved universal condemnation.
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