Regarding “Time for Catholics to embrace, not exclude,” Aug. 19, Page 22:

The Oregon Synod Committee claims the church’s positions on receiving Communion are “discriminatory pure and simple.” The committee writes, “It makes no sense to us that some, but not all, divorced and remarried Catholics .... who are in good standing with the church can take Communion only if they are celibate.” The end of the essay asks, “What would Jesus do?”

Jesus told us his opinion in Mt. 19:9 — Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. And in Mk. 10:12 — and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

A tribunal with suspension of Communion is not simple but is reasonable.

Tim Flynn

Lake Oswego