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Submitted by cay garcia (not verified) on

most positive event of the year.

I believe that the lifting of excommunication of Lefevrite Catholics may have the most far-reaching affect on the people in the pews. That, coupled with the welcoming of Anglicans - both of which have very definite positive aspects - have also created much controversy and have turned off many moderate Catholics as well as given rise to many questions regarding the Church's commitment to ecumenism.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

A story about the variety of seminaries and they way the various schools interpret and teach theology and doctrine might be an eye opener for a lot of folks. Conservative schools, like Mt. St. Marys, are churning out priests who sound like they are graduates of Ecole or a school operated by Archbishop Lefebvre's SSPX. Evidently that return to pre-Vatican II religion as a commodity, as something we get, as something we get done to us, and it's kind of privatized, individualized spiritualality suits the agenda of most bishops. Because it makes the folks easier to control? The "religion" being taught in so-called Catholic schools parrots this agenda and churns out new generations of "old-time" Catholics.

Hi Anon,

I think you're right on with your observation of the trend with a lot of the younger new priests. You'll be pleased to know we're actually working on a feature on this very topic for a future issue of U.S. Catholic. Be on the lookout!

-Meghan

Submitted by Cindy (not verified) on

In my "neighborhood" (New England), the top story is the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver in August. She championed the rights of Special Needs adolescents and adults when she inaugurated the special Olympics and more than 1,000 people from 26 states and Canada particpated in the first Olympics. Today more than 1 million people from over 100 countries participate. Eunice Shriver demonstrated what it meant to be pro-life -- all of life: from the womb to the tomb. She was the recipient of several awards during her lifetime. I'd like to see her on the road to canonization in the Church.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The new translation is a disastrous interference with the prayer life of the laity because it is NOT in modern vernacular but in obsolete terminology that is not conducive to prayer. But it's not too late to ask our bishops to listen to us by signing Father Ryan's suggestion that the new translation be beta tested in a few representative parishes to determine how it will be received and possibly improved.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The new translation is a disastrous interference with the prayer life of the laity because it is NOT in modern vernacular but in obsolete terminology that is not conducive to prayer. But it's not too late to ask our bishops to listen to us by signing Father Ryan's suggestion that the new translation be beta tested in a few representative parishes to determine how it will be received and possibly improved. Go to the Internet address www.Whynotjustwait.com. Over 9000 priests, religious and laity have already signed. The more signatures, the more likely the bishops will pay attention.