Splitting hairs

Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

As a member of St. Ann's RCIA team, I was dismayed and confused to read the opinion article by Father Rolheiser in the Jan. 20 issue of The Catholic Commentator.

At best, I believe Father Rolheiser is splitting hairs and at worst, giving rein to a personal opinion which could negatively influence a reader's behavior to the detriment of their soul. Sections 2180-2183 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are explicit that Mass attendance is obligatory, unless excused for a serious reason and that those who “deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” Section 1861 states “exclusion from Christ's kingdom and the eternal death of hell” as the penalty for (grave sin) unless one obtains the sacrament of reconciliation. It seems pretty clear to me that if I wake up Sunday morning and decide

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    Guadalupe’s miraculous properties

    I’d like to add to your excellent Guadalupe article (Dec. 23). God endowed the Lady of Guadalupe image with miraculous properties because he so wanted its messages embraced in all times, best understood by first reviewing some scientifically established features.

    The image expresses Aztec iconography artfully, but artists find it impossible to reproduce. The cactus fiber bearing the image is porous and rough, lacking the backing essential to applying paint. Regardless, no bleeding between colors occurs. No brush strokes are detected. Spectroscopic analysis cannot detect any

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    The wrong way to make decisions
    The column in the Oct. 14 issue of The Catholic Commentator titled “Pro-life advocates must understand the perspective of the parents” draws extensively from a paper by Paul Swope, published in “First Things” several years ago. Mr. Swope’s paper reports on the results of a study commissioned by the pro-life Caring Foundation on the effectiveness of pro-life outreach to women of child-bearing age who identify themselves as pro-choice. The study did that, and just that.

    The Catholic

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    Not following the faith

    In the Sept. 30 of the The Catholic Commentator the “Question Corner” was disturbing, to say the least. A reader told the priest that their family went to a parish that had recently returned to the traditional ad orientem of Christian worship.

    Their children however preferred a parish that “(…has people go to confession by writing things on pieces of paper to be burnt.)” One would certainly think that the priest columnist would be horrified at this practice and emphatically explain how this was NOT a valid

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    Thanks to the community

    On July 17, 2016 our family was forever changed. We lost our beloved son, Brad. Our hearts are so broken and the hurt is so deep, but we are so proud of our son. On behalf of our daughter-in- law Tonja, the children, Brad’s brothers – Brian and family, and John Brett and family, we would like to say thank you for the love and kindness, prayers, cards and the support that we have gotten, even from total strangers telling us our son is a hero. It

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    Who is St. Sharbel Makhlouf?

    For decades, St. Sharbel has been the focus of many special occurrences and happenings, which have been declared additional miracles or special healings.

    On the 22nd of every month, believers gather to pray and celebrate Mass in the hermitage of St. Sharbel to acknowledge a special healing and miracle which occurred on the night of Jan. 22, 1993. Many priests of the Lebanese Maronite Order continue this tradition, which is currently being done in Baton Rouge (by Father Charbel El-Jamhoury) at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 6

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    Personalizing Communion

    In the July 8 issue of The Catholic Commentator Father Kenneth Doyle responded to a letter from someone who asked if it was appropriate for a priest or eucharastic minister to say the name of the communicant when he gave them Communion. 

    As Catholics we are blessed to be able to receive the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It only takes a moment for a priest to place the host in our hands and for us to receive Jesus into our bodies. In

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    God’s mercy

    “Love over law” (Dec. 11, The Catholic Commentator), “More than a law” (Feb. 5) and “Touch of Christ” (Feb. 19) acknowledge divorce and remarriage as adultery, a mortal sin (Mk 10:12-12; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1856, 1858, 2400; 6th Commandment). Advocacy of Communion as mercy, welcome and medicine for adultery is heartfelt, yet self-contradicting.

    Communion is medicine strictly for venial sin (the Catechism 1394). Communion’s promise of life eternal (Jn 6:54) hinges entirely on obeying the commandments (Mk 10:17-19). Since Jesus won’t save an unrepentant adulterer from

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    Sacredness of life

    In reference to the two Letters to the Editor concerning capital punishment and abortion that appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of The Catholic Commentator, I’d like to offer my opinions.

    I think it would be fair to say that most of us do not like to see anyone killed, murdered, aborted, executed or whatever term we use when someone’s life is terminated by another human being. As Catholics, we understand, and believe (I hope), that ALL human life is sacred. We are ALL made in the image

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    Illegal Immigrants may not be welcome

    The Catholic Commentator’s editorial of July 25 calls on Catholics to reject the term “illegal” immigrants as well as to accept all new, child immigrants as a “moral obligation.” Those who don’t accept this are merely debating “ideologies.” This brings to mind Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate where he taught, “Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived… Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality.”

    St. John Paul II

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