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Letters from Readers

  • 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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  • Climate change and Catholic thought

    Climate change is a fraud, but much worse than being a fraud it is a heresy. It places people at the service of nature, not nature at the service of man. It turns the Catholic view that people are not a burden but a blessing upside-down.
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  • Environmental, moral crises related

    In reading this article I was reminded of questions I’ve had over the years about why so many people are poor and can’t dig themselves out of the pit of poverty, particularly in Mexico.
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  • Blessings to Mercy Sisters

    Fifty-one years ago when I was a newly arrived college seminarian at St Joseph’s College, our beloved professor and music director, Father John Olivier, taught us something recently composed by Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan, “The Mission Hymn.”
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  • A true shepherd

    Hooray for Archbishop Cordileone! He is a true shepherd. He has insisted that our Catholic schools transmit the Catholic faith, the whole faith, and nothing opposing the faith. And multitudes of faithful Catholics are cheering him for this.
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  • Virtuous leaders

    I have read the archbishop’s recent statement on the church’s teachings and can only say that we are blessed that there still virtuous leaders in the Catholic Church willing to stand against the dark and immoral influences in our society and remain faithful to the church’s moral teachings.
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  • No handbook for Apostles

    Catholics know Archbishop Cordileone is ordained to teach Catholic doctrine. They also know “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”
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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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