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

Who is the Oregon Synod Committee? How many people are on this committee? When was it formed? Who set it up? At the end of the article it lists the “representatives” of the Oregon Synod Committee come from Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego, Sacred Heart, St. Pius X, St. Patrick, Holy Redeemer, and The Madeleine. Five parishes out 147 parishes and missions not including the 57 parishes of the Baker Diocese. So how does that make them the “Oregon” Synod Committee when they don’t include at least a majority of the 204 parishes in the state of Oregon?

The committee seems to be focused on rules and practices and not on doctrine and the teaching magisterium of the church.

When Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery, he forgave her but said “Go and sin no more.”

The vast majority of us are sinners trying to be saints. We don’t help ourselves by trying to lower the bar when it comes to sin. Jesus has given us an example. We are called to pick up our cross and follow him. We are called to love as Jesus, not as the world wants us to be.

Chris Hainley, Sr.