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  • He used you
    I find it totally hypocritical for the Catholic Sentinel to feature Sen. Jeff Merkley in a half-page article.
  • A new reader
    As a Presbyterian, it was the first time I had seen the paper.
  • Legal migrants
    I dare Catholics also to pray for ICE agents, border patrol, and national security personnel.
  • I noted contrast
    I was struck by the contrast on facing pages.
  • Perhaps next year you could also include the home parishes of the Catholic high school students.
  • Behind scenes
    There are so many people, myself included, who labor behind the scenes to fulfill the Lord’s work and the mission of the church.
  • ‘Let us begin’

    We are hearing the voice of young people — the students who have experienced school shootings — because not only their dignity but their very lives are in jeopardy. It is the adults, especially those in the church, whose voices are muted and muffled.

  • Long lines
    It’s worse than waiting in the checkout at Freddy’s.
  • You spread lies
    When the church starts basing its social teaching on falsehoods it will go the way of the Marxist and communist left, whose mantra has always been that the truth is whatever serves the cause.
  • Our dear Immaculata was always called an ‘academy’
    We “oldies” from pre-1958 will always be alums of Immaculata Academy.
  • Cry of children

    We are all God’s children. God hears the cry of the children and their parents. Do we? It is time to listen, stand up and speak out.

    John Kingery

  • Heavy heart

    This dictate has taken our God of abundance, who fed the crowds with five loaves and two fish so they wouldn’t go away hungry, to a God of scarcity.

  • Think out of box
    I would challenge her and all others who see social justice problems in our society to think outside the box.
  • Compassion time
    I am also familiar with Jesus’ teaching that loving God and loving neighbor are the two greatest commandments.
  • Use right term
    I seem to recall that the church is very strict about these lay people being referred to only as “extraordinary ministers of holy Communion” and nothing else.
  • Truly present
    After reading this article, I think I will always receive in the mouth.
  • Nothing sacred?
    The fashions were sexual and provocative. Some “stars” were in sensual and immoral poses.
  • A celebration?

    In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the successful ousting of the French incursion, a struggle for independence, a defeat of the European powers and a reversal of the conquest of Mexico. 

  • Need I kneel?
    Please understand that the faithful find God whether standing, sitting or kneeling.
  • Sign petition now
    If you have not yet signed this petition please go ASAP to www.stopthefunding.org/home/sign-the-petiton/ to sign
  • Greater reverence
    This action certainly will result in greater reverence at the time of Communion.
  • A form of justice
    We are to love our neighbor as ourselves, but the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God.
  • Violence of words
    Rather than venom, I think more articles showing interfaith activities and respect would be more harmonious with Catholic principles.
  • It’s a story about sinners who attempt to be more holy
    The Bible is not so much a book to be venerated as it is a spiritual guide through a physical world.
  • Mercy + justice
    We need more leadership and less capitulation to popular sentiment. Without justice mercy is meaningless.
  • I’ve often wondered why we ceased kneeling following the Lamb of God.
  • Why haven’t you acted to repeal your abortion law?

    It is totally beyond my comprehension that the Catholics of Oregon have not overwhelmingly deluged their state’s legislature with enough signatures to place their new pro-abortion law on the ballot to be rescinded. Where is their common sense?

  • Report on both!
    That seems kind of rude.
  • The negative effects of teaching stigma on mental illness are undeniable, yet we all too easily fall into that trap.
  • Just a platitude

    Jesus was very clear about the use of weapons whose sole purpose is to strike or to kill: “Stop, no more of this!” (Lk 22:51)

  • ‘Great integrity’
    He is truly a man of great integrity, piety and honesty.
  • Deeply grateful
    Thanks to Katie Scott for another characteristically thoughtful, informative, compassionate and incisive series on another topic of vital importance to all educators, parents, and especially young people.
  • Not idiots but un-Catholic
    While those positions are not idiotic, they are certainly un-Catholic.
  • A dearth of diversity in letters
    In the Catholic Sentinel I read articles and even editorials such as “Save the safety net,” March 16, page 27. This editorial urges readers to write Congress, and in particular House Speaker Paul Ryan.
  • A nationally known fight

    Regarding “Overruling the Klan,” March 2, page 1:

    This story described the intensity of the debate on the school closing initiative aimed at ending parochial schools in Oregon, but it had three important errors.

  • Another son

    I was at Mass at St. Mary in Eugene with my husband, John; he had a tough year with lots of medical problems. As usual, we sat in the back because of John’s big wheelchair.

    A thin young black man came and sat in my pew. He looked like a foreign college student who perhaps missed the campus Newman Center Mass.

  • Find beauty

    If Sunday Mass has become “the same old same old” for your adolescent children, why not expose them to something different, namely the Maronite liturgy at St. Sharbel Church in Southeast Portland  and/or the 11 a.m. high Mass at Holy Rosary?

  • ‘To receive me’
    Concerning your recent coverage on abortion: The Scandinavian composer Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) in his Fifth Symphony (Songs of Life and Death) has the baritone sing the part of the unborn child.
  • Thank you for explaining Becky’s important mission
    When I pick up my copy of the Catholic Sentinel after Mass, I spend the late morning and early afternoon reading it cover to cover — a truly delightful event.
  • Simple acts
    Ah, so simple, yet so complete, truly God-centered.
  • FBI memories
    Thenceforth, he began hiring only men of the Catholic faith. Naturally, the discovery of this ended the practice.
  • It failed to identify those supposed conservatives who actually advocate that the end justifies the means.

  • Practice peace
    Nonviolence and right to life filled the pages of the Feb 2. Catholic Sentinel with hope and inspiration.
  • God has a plan

    All humans are created by God. All humans have souls created by God. God controls this area 100 percent, not man.

  • Don't forget biology and psychology
    Human sexuality is a miracle and a mystery.
  • The Marycrest choir started earlier than you implied
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Allegras choir from my alma mater, Marycrest. However, I was also taken aback and somewhat insulted.
  • Show mercy
    That any woman considers abortion begs the question: Before conception, where were her family, her physician, her impregnator, her faith community and her clergy?
  • Your paper is obliged to present clear Catholic teaching

    Because of your newspaper’s office to teach and educate Catholics, you have a responsibility to present clear, authentic Catholic teaching to avoid harm to the souls of your readers.

  • A first experience with Portland’s right to life rally
    I also was surprised to find out that Oregon is the only state in the country that has no restrictions on abortions. A baby could be aborted here right up to birth.
  • Opioids prescribed irresponsibly
    I had bottles and bottles of Oxy that I had to turn in to get rid of them. They were prescribed post-surgery even though I didn’t need that level of pain control.
  • He honored her
    Archbishop Sample truly honored his mother, and in doing so is an example for his flock. 
  • Raised him right

    My heart and prayers go out to Archbishop Sample for the loss of his wonderful mother. His faith and commitment to the Fourth Commandment is awesome.

  • Lives at stake
    Measure 101 isn’t perfect but it’s much better than putting the health care of more than 200,000 Oregonians at risk.
  • Noble work

    I was at a wedding at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego last month. I picked up a copy of the Catholic Sentinel. You folks put out a great Catholic newspaper.

  • Aid or eject those who put partisanship over faith

    Unfortunately, these descriptors have been hijacked by a significant number of people who believe the end justifies the means and have clearly demonstrated they will accept sinful behavior by people willing to advance their agenda.

  • More leeway

    Concerning Judas Iscariot and eternal life, it seems there is more leeway/interpretation in the rules of mortal sin and damnation than when I grew up 60 years ago. Back then, eating meat on Friday was a sin.

    Regarding the comment that people who commit suicide may not have full responsibility, doesn’t this apply to most, if not all, suicides? How many people say to themselves, “I am going to kill myself primarily because I want to offend God and know by such action I will be so offending him and am fully consenting to this serious action”? — the three qualifications in the Baltimore Catechism.

  • Big implications
    On Dec. 17, I was walking a friend’s dog. As we rounded a building with a handicap ramp hidden by bushes, she walked into the darkness, stopped, and looked back at me. She wouldn’t budge. 
  • Series inspired me
    Often I will re-read these articles and recall what the writers offered so eruditely on this profound subject: Faith and science are of truth, God’s truth of creation.
  • Boosted my soul
    I want to thank Archbishop Sample for stating in a very public way that we, like Protestants, desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Way to go, Joe
    Joe Weston’s generosity and no-nonsense approach to giving back epitomizes Catholic education.
  • Pray for souls

    How many poor souls are still in purgatory because people just assume they’re in heaven?

  • Wrong theologian
    I made a mistake in referring to Father Raymond Brown. The name should have been Cardinal Avery Dulles.
  • Boon, not disaster

    The reformed federal tax plan would be a boon – not a disaster – for low-income Catholic students.

    The main reason is something De La Salle North Cathlic officials and the Sentinel omitted: the reform would double the basic family deduction to $24,000 from $12,000.

  • It’s the same old flawed environmental movement

    What about this face is new? I’ll stick to what I’ve been doing — trying to decrease my family’s contribution to pollution, teaching my kids about proper stewardship of the Earth and her resources, and encouraging others to do the same.

  • Bravo, Joe
    Mr. Weston, you will only know in heaven the impact of your generosity.
  • It makes sense
    Why even bother with the paid deniers and front groups who thrive by creating a false climate debate?
  • Jesus shows us
    I propose that all Jesus’ teachings show us the mind of God.
  • I am certain he is the humble, spiritual man I knew
    I remember him as a quiet, humble, and spiritual person who never said anything unkind about anyone.  Although I never saw him after this time, I am certain he is this way even today.
  •   November's Poor-Souls Sky
    Gazing upward in awe at the early cold November sky,

    As time and days are getting shorter in the light of life.

  • From the Archives
    No later than last week some gospel gosling with more feathers than brains tells the readers of the Churchman magazine that “it is no wonder the church of Rome desires to prevent the study of the Bible by her people.”
  • It’s about justice

    Some of the views expressed in the Sentinel on capital punishment have me concerned. From Catholic school and the Bible study, I was taught that the death penalty is not only or primarily about protecting innocent life but about justice for the victim and society.

  • It’s a win-win
    The deferred charitable annuity is the everyday earner’s answer to leaving a “Legacy of Faith” and ensuring a retirement nest egg.
  • Really cares?
    Merkley supports unfettered abortion and legislation aimed to keep anti-abortion demonstrators away from abortion clinics. When he speaks of being caring can he really be believed?

  • Trust fund does it
    The Archdiocese of Portland does not lend money to parishes. In mid-2009, the Parish Funds Trust was established as a business trust operating in the state of Oregon.
  • It’s the reverence
    After much consideration I think the “content, reverence, and ritual” in the Extraordinary Form outweighs the Latin.
  • Too lenient
    He took a snippet of truth — one Democrat representative letting pro-life candidates use his committee’s money, not to increase pro-life elected officials, but to stanch the decreasing numbers of elected Democrats — and presented it as a good.
  • Great map
    I especially appreciated the addition of the map of Portland parishes on pages 34 and 35.
  • Prayer changes us

    The purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind, but to let God’s mind change our life. Jesus taught us the perfect prayer: “Our Father, …your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • Include context
    Gollum, of course, met his proper end, death, as his sins required.
  • She influenced me
    Much of my Catholic formation and religious learning and catechism came from Sister Clare when she headed the religious education (CCD) at St. Edward in North Plains.
  • It helps us heal
    Making peace with the church, whether or not we can return, helps heal.
  • Beware: Information being gathered on immigrants
    The Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to collect social media information from immigrants, including naturalized citizens living in Oregon.
  • Uniforms help

    When I went to a Catholic high school I was required to wear a uniform. This made all of us, rich or poor, look pretty much the same.

  • Likes vernacular
    Since Vatican II, we have been encouraged to respond in our own language, using words we understand and can pronounce properly.
  • Irish there first

    The assertion that Tillamook’s early settlers were predominantly Swiss is incorrect.

  • Important stories

    We are especially indebted to the Catholic Sentinel for articles written by managing editor Ed Langlois and reporter Katie Scott who, relating with receptive hearts, understanding minds and responsive will, covered the curse of sexual child abuse by erring clergy who brought shame and ruin to the church, especially the faithful clergy who, ever after, suffered from their brothers’ sins.

  • Secretaries rule

    You captured the hectic, but rewarding, positions they hold.

  • Buy faithfully
    Our faith asks us to respect the dignity of work, to respect God’s people and to care for God’s creation. We all need stuff, but as we make purchases, we need to consider all the effects it will have.
  • Not pandering
    So, a liturgy that is in the vernacular, with the priest facing the congregation — that is pandering? This is an idea I find really offensive.
  • Media don’t help
    Not only are our young people not becoming priests and religious, for some reason they only hear the call to hook up, shack up, apostatize.
  • ‘Notable battle’
    One of Ara Parseghian’s most notable battles, far surpassing football, began in 1994. That was the year three of his four grandchildren were diagnosed with a fatal disease.
  • He is aware
    More than we want to admit, there is a brain behind the bigot.
  • We as American, lay, priests, religious — all are obliged to stop, to think, to speak out against this unacceptable manifestation, this cruel manipulation.

  • You gave this conference only two-thirds of a page of coverage, compared to a breathless four-fifths of a page for a non-Catholic solar eclipse fad.
  • I can do friendly without acceptance but I won’t surrender the truth of my beliefs.
  • Interesting book
    A guest of the Holy Names sisters at Marylhurst, she has made available a book about the Little Sisters’ founder, Mother Camelia Lohier. This biography was translated from French with the help of Holy Names Sister Rita Rose Vistica. Mother Camelia is being considered for beatification.
  • My mentor
    When I was a student at Central Catholic High School, he taught me to see the world as truly a work of God as Artist.