Mass was in Latin, now in vernacular. Priests once faced the altar, now the people. Meat on Friday was a grave sin, now meat is for any day. Catholics fasted 10 to 12 hours before Communion, now it’s an hour fast. In the middle of the 20th century, there were many priests and nuns. Now there are few.

Many more situations have changed in the church. I would like to mention that the creed says in part, “And he shall come again to judge the living and the dead; and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

I believe clergy and laity both should guard against pointing fingers at others. God and God alone is the only and final judge.

Florence Furlong

Milwaukie