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Letters from Readers

  • 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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  • 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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