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  •  I was extremely shocked, offended, and amazed that the editor would choose to use not one, but two suggestive drawings.
  • Sign remains
    One indication of our esteem for Father Gary is the tribute which hangs in our volunteer closet: “We Love you Father Gary.” 
  • One plan
    God created the environment and gave stewardship to us as followers, not for its destruction.
  • It motivated me

    I just read Katie Scott’s excellent story on Father Gary Smith in the Catholic Sentinel. Thank you for the wonderful storytelling.

  • Excellent piece
     I was inspired and grateful for the ministry and generosity that Father Smith has given to so many of God’s folk and continues to give.
  • Coming apart?

    I think if only Luther could have hung around for 500 years, he would be watching the church he opposed so strongly coming apart from within.

  • More participation
    You hit a grand slam by saying that, for Catholics, the “pinnacle” of doing this is by receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
  • Creative welcome
    We should be just as creative as Our Lord.
  • Which Catholics?
    We should remember there are many people who, when asked, claim to be Catholic even if they are not practicing.
  • Marriage values
    I guess that was back in the day when people were shocked. Our current president has not been true to any of his three wives, it appears.
  • Senators or nuns?

    In the past 12 months, we witnessed the actions of our U.S. senators and representatives in the Kavanaugh and Russia hearings. So, who is preferable to exercise more control over our health care: Congress or the Sisters of Providence?

  • Erosion of faith
    Claiming that a person’s personal life and policy perspectives are influenced by the Catholic faith is disingenuous when she actively advocates for and supports policies and legislation that is intrinsically evil and opposed to basic Catholic doctrine and teaching. 
  • Young people? Their parents do not know the faith

    Those who were taught like me, 16 years of Catholic education under my belt, were weakly and many times incorrectly taught something other than the long held truths of the church. 

  • Give us more
    Far too many of your readers do not comprehend the growing number of groups constantly trying to use the church as ammunition to manipulate Catholic voters.
  • Red, white, blue
    Through this our nation’s consecration, Mary’s blue light leads us to our Lord Jesus with the red and white of his Divine Mercy.  
  • Why are they not worthy of the same concern as throngs of people flooding the border?

  • To him, the procession was “an abomination” given the pain he and his brother have suffered and what he sees as a failure to make adequate reparations.

  • Wake up soon
    How many people are being deluded into accepting our current society’s view regarding Christ’s teachings or Scripture? They go to the polls and vote individuals into office who ignore or are ignorant of Christ’s teachings. 
  • I don’t get it
    How can attending a Latin Mass with “smells and bells” somehow enable Mass attendees to come to a “mature, balanced position where self-determination and the demands of law can be harmonized”?
  • To know Jesus
    Jesus wants us to know him personally. To do that we must spend time reading and praying from the Bible every day. 
  • It was a toothbrush

    The instrument of discipline for the Saturday “invitation” I received to clean the Christ the King Parish parking lot was not a broom, but a toothbrush . . .  My last visit with Father Weber was at Laurelhurst Village where the would-be wily sleuth was in hospice care. I thanked him for his post-disciplinarian life of pastoral care for many folks, including my sister.

  • American idea
    Oregon’s governor and majority legislators have embarrassed our state by wholesale support of abortion for any reason, at any time, with the killing paid for by Oregon taxpayers.
  • Was he Catholic?
    I am confused. The second paragraph says Lane County tape recorded the “sacramental confession of triple murder suspect Conan Wayne Hale. The fourth paragraph says, “Hale is now on death row — and  has become Catholic.” 
  • A sweet sound
    If we can’t make room or have patience for loud children during Mass, we will perpetuate the shame and disappointment these parents feel and that sometimes push them away from the church.
  • Catholics’ special role in leadership
    Throughout history, Catholics have always been at the forefront of major change because we hold the revealed truth of God’s word as eternal and unchanging.
  • I pray for her
    I find it distressing that in the article "A Capitol Faith", the Catholic Sentinel chose to highlight Rep Jennifer Williamson as an example of "Catholics whose faith influences both their personal lives and their policy perspectives". 
  • Pragmatic pass
    These Church leaders took a pragmatic pass while the faithful spoke out for justice.  If the abortion industry is ever to be curtailed and the pre-born are ever to have a legally recognized right to life, it will be because people of conscience demand it.
  • I object
    That is obstruction of justice.
  • Why laud her?
    Why should a Catholic publication laud a legislator who has dramatically distanced herself publicly from perennial Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life?
  • No buts about it
    The Sentinel gave Rep. Jennifer Williamson and Rep. Mike Nearman undo publicity.
  • Get it together
    Congratulations on an article worthy of the Pulitzer. Through the story of Nichole and the concern and involvement of her parents, the truth about sex trafficking in Oregon is exposed. 
  • Bad for kids

    Beaverton’s school district has adopted Oregon’s K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education program. The 3Rs curriculum normalizes porn, discriminates against religion (especially Catholics), and encourages sexual relationships among the young.

  • Important film
    Since our government funds Planned Parenthood, every government official should be required to see this film. If they continue to fund the organization, that will show they agree with the lies, falsehood, harm, suffering and pain women are plagued with. 
  • WATCH: Call for film
    From July until October 1961, more than 200 times Our Lady is reported to have appeared to four girls in Garabandal, Spain, with a message she wanted to spread throughout the world. It was a message of love and warning.
  • Halt propaganda
    Anti-evangelization is still roaring out its propaganda and is still making many converts, especially among our young people. Local examples are not lacking.
  • Joseph a model

    I find it curious Joseph is a silent figure in the Gospels. But I think the answer comes from that old adage, “actions speak louder than words.”

  • It’s time
     It is now time for Congress to fulfill its responsibilities to protect our democracy, the system of checks and balances in our Constitution, and the rule of law and proceed with impeachment. 
  • Compelling story
    It is definitely one of the better stories I have seen written about this disturbing and tragic issue.
  • Like father, like son
    Cut to 1997, 33 years later. “Come look,” said our son Tim, 40 years old.
  • God’s joke?
    A response to an evolution doubter. 
  • Smiled broadly
    “There you are!” the archbishop said. Enthusiastically, he made the sign of the cross on my husband’s forehead as my John smiled broadly.
  • Rethinking unions
    Your piece has brought home to me, once again, the dilemma of my own 36-year union membership and my faith. Today’s unions are as invested in wielding political power as they are in watching out for working stiffs.
  • Papal numbers

    John Paul II was elected pope 41 years ago and he died 14 years ago. Furthermore, he was elected pope at age 58 and he died in the 85th year of his life.

  • Spend a few hours perusing Portland — by bike, of course — and you’ll likely see food carts, tattoos, impressive vegetable gardens, microbreweries and hipsters. You may get a whiff of pot. And you almost certainly will pass a strip club. The city has the highest number of clubs per capita in the United States, according to Priceonomics, a data crunching firm in California. 
  • On faith freedom
    In early 2019, in King v. Warner Pacific College, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that, under an Oregon statute, a Christian school can expressly discriminate against a job applicant on the basis of religion, and can prefer applicants who are Christian.
  • Moving tribute
    Poignantly, like Our Lady, forever bound to this earth, forever mourning the death of her son, the 870-year-old cathedral is among the most moving tributes to our Judeo-Christian culture, blessing us, calling out to us, mournfully. Are we listening?
  • Darwin dissent
    The Genesis account is not scientific per se, but that does not mean it is not historically accurate.
  • On foot ministry

    A big shoutout for the rest of those who make up our core team for the ministry — Elaine Bergman, Mary Davidson, Diana Stiger and Cathy Smith. It takes our dedicated volunteers to make our foot-care ministry successful.

  • Working on me
    I find myself more devout, far more cognizant that Mass is a sacrifice.
  • Positive message
    His journey to the church via the University of Portland, his fiancee/wife and RCIA reminds us of good news despite negative worldly news.
  • Last instruction
    The last instruction Jesus gave at the Garden of Gethsemane was, “Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” 
  • It’s not Norway
    I wonder, do the big houses of Norway have lots of Southsiders, Nortenos or Latin Kings in the prison mix? Does Oslo have sizable neighborhoods of Crips, Bloods or Gangster Disciples? Are the arctic regions home to neo-Nazis and white supremacists?
  • Spirit still here
    To my mind, the Spirit moves through us and through time and followers of Christ need to be open to the Spirit’s voice in the present, not downplay its contemporary influence. 
  • Is it a sign?
    Now the dollars are flowing in by the millions to rebuild Notre Dame. But perhaps we are being given a sign — is it time to rebuild the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church?
  • Note to president
    But because I care about you as a fellow Christian, and because I care about our nation and those who turn to us for hope and relief and a better shot at life, I remind you now.
  • God’s sign
    I believe it was God’s sign to trust in his loving care and his plan included the church who pray for me.
  • Mom’s song
    For many years my mother told me a poignant story. Her mother, Jennie Parrott, a concert pianist in the 1890s, played only for family and friends after getting married. Four-year-old Ruth (my mother) especially liked to hear her mother play and sing the ballads of the time. My mother said one song always made her cry, but could not remember the name of the song. 
  • Educate us

    A solid program for adult religious education involving all our parishes would be the place to begin.

  • It’d be nice

    It would be nice if we Roman Catholics would say: “I am privileged to go to Mass.”

  • You left it out
    It was a wonderful article on the theology and church teaching regarding artificial birth control, but I find the lack of an allusion to the post-fertilization (abortifacient) effects of a great many of the currently available contraceptive methods disturbing.
  • It is difficult to ask a victim to forgive when abusers hide and are hidden.
  • Not afraid

    We at Parents’ Rights in Education are not afraid. We are the group that stopped the infamous Adolescent Sexuality Conference held every year in Seaside right across from Our Lady of Victory Church. This Catholic will continue to support the goals of PRIE.

  • Not health care
    Infanticide is a moral, not political, issue. This crime should be shouted down from the pulpits of every church in our country.
  • Come together
    What appear to be “new” changes at Mass are causing a division within our church. There are two factions: pro-change who support our pastor, and anti-change who oppose our pastor.
  • Try the military
    I think you overlooked one other avenue a person could take if he didn’t want to go to college. That would be the armed services.
  • Here’s to Hughes

    Humbly, Patrick Hughes provided a harbor and springboard in Oregon for many immigrant Irishmen.

  • Execution laws should remain on the books to give police room for negotiation with serial murders.
  • We have a duty
    The horrific treatment of families along our border needs immediate attention.
  • Well-portrayed
    I live and move among many who either are incarcerated or on the move on the outside. I thought you portrayed the realities with care.
  • It takes force
    St. Pope John Paul II worked for social justice but he worked against liberation theology and communism. The modern usage of “social justice” seems to advocate redistribution of wealth and equality through totalitarian mandates.
  • Austerity affirmed
    In the Middle Ages it was a common practice to observe the removal of the word “Alleluia” from the liturgy during Lent with some degree of ceremony and pageantry. The practice is returning in many places.
  • Magnificent gift
    Did you know that after only eight weeks, an embryo’s organs are functioning, and at 12 weeks, it can smile and make a fist? How lucky we were to have our precious child at a time before it was legal for a doctor and parent  to make the newborn infant comfortable while they collaborated on whether or not they would kill it. 
  • I believe that clergy sex abuse would have been greatly reduced if parents and married couples had been appraised of the magnitude of the misconduct decades ago and been given an opportunity to be heard.
  • Perhaps you could explain the words for our enlightenment.
  • A caring priest
    St. Agatha Parish, you are very fortunate to have such a caring priest.
  • Little knowledge
    Those who would welcome a return to Latin in worship would leave many of us as outsiders.
  • Not champions
    These politicians and legislators think of themselves as champions of social justice. Clearly, they are not. 
  • Train leaders
    Unfortunately, the majority of bishops and priests are not educated or equipped to confront the foundational leadership issues inflicting great damage on our church. The leading and management of an organization requires specialized education the church does not currently provide.  
  • Broke my heart
    How can the faith which sustained me for 75 years not recognize the intellectual dishonesty of such “scientific” claims?
  • Total delight
    I had the vision that our young Catholic and other children in our schools are getting prepared to make wonderful contributions in the years ahead.
  • Leave it to God
    If we stand by as executions happen, then we, as Catholic citizens, must acknowledge that not everyone has a right to life.
  • Nary an apology
    To anyone who saw the full video recordings of the Covington boys at the D.C. March for Life, it’s obvious that these Catholic high school students were lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, waiting for their bus, when they were confronted.
  • Pray for leaders
    Pray for our president and other leaders, asking forgiveness for our sins, fasting and praising God for his goodness and love. Yes, my continued prayer is for God’s sovereignty, divine providence and glory to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. 
  • In God’s eyes
    Created in God’s image, we are all equal before God with human dignity and rights. Our church, communities and country benefit from the courage, skills, energy, aspirations and cultural diversity of newcomers.
  • Transformation
    We need to remember and believe that altar bread and wine, once consecrated, has undergone a complete transformation into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord God, Jesus Christ.
  • Is it practical?
    I applaud the directives as pointing us toward meaningful worship but wonder how it will be worked out in the real world.
  • If we truly want to end the scourge of child sexual abuse — and I believe the church does — then we must understand pedophilia, hebephilia, and ephebophilia, otherwise the changes we institute will miss the mark with devastating consequences.
  • Proof in pudding
    Acupuncture was a great influence and I am thankful that God sent me there or I wouldn’t be writing you this missive today. 
  • Which is better?
    Which political philosophy is better for religious freedom
  • Truth is truth
    Despite what some argue, the teachings of the church do not change.
  • A letter instead
    Do you realize how many people will not have medical services because of this recommendation? 
  • Can we kill?

    Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty hold the viewpoint that a death penalty represents more violence. In fact, the death certificate on an executed person lists the cause of death as “homicide.”

  • No obligation
    The first principle for immigration in Catholic understanding is that people have a right to migrate. However, the responsibility to find a place to migrate to is theirs, and no individual or country has an obligation (moral or otherwise) to provide this.
  • Fear clericalism
    The new handbook for the liturgy which is described as adding “mystery and awe” is an example of what Pope Francis referenced as a basic problem in our church. The pope stated that sex abuse in our church stems from “elitism and clericalism, an inability to be near the people of God.”
  • Love handbook
    The Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook addresses most of the issues that I have been praying about for many years.
  • Mugs of love
    In what they call “Mugs of Love,” wonderful students from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland brought boxes of mugs to the St. Francis Dining Hall before Christmas.
  • No limits
    Labeling all preachers of the prosperity gospel as hucksters is convenient, but inaccurate. 
  • Praying it will end
    An even greater concern than the terrible school shootings are the 30,000 people in the U.S. who die needlessly each year from gun violence including suicide, accidents and domestic disputes.
  • It’s a keeper
    What a joy it was to read Michael van Der Hout’s remembrance.