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January 18, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 6


Climate change not a ‘political agenda’

I find it very disappointing that educated people believe that climate change is a “political agenda,” a myth, or not part of religion.

God created the earth and we should be protecting it. I don’t understand why people are convinced that clean air, clean water, and the future of our planet is a waste of time.

If we can’t breathe the air or drink the water, what do we have and how would God feel about our stewardship of the planet?

If they can’t see the connection, shame on them!


Bp. DiLorenzo thanked about Muslims’ concern

Kudos to The Catholic Virginian and to Bishop DiLorenzo for their authentically Catholic Christian defense of our Muslim brothers and sisters who, as the Second Vatican Council declared, share with us the worship of the one God. In this time when so many succumb to fear that makes them abandon the ability to distinguish a tiny minority of abusers of a religion from the vast majority of peaceful practitioners of it, it is good to hear an intelligent voice opposed to unjust and unfair discrimination against that community.

As you pointed out, American Catholics suffered such oppression in the past; it would be a cruel and unChristian irony if we became oppressors ourselves.

Let us say peace, Salaam, to all.


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CV needs more on Year of Mercy

When I received my last Catholic Virginian (Dec. 21, 2015) I was looking forward to an article on the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis. However, neither the Diocesan paper nor my local Parish Bulletin gave information on this important year.

Every day we read about violence, shootings and killings both in the press and in social media; humanity longs for healing, for peace and for mercy.

Our church could be an instrument to help bring about a more compassionate world. The pope speaks about a “revolution of tenderness.” It would have to start in the parishes.

The paper could feature ministries that are “ministries of mercy” to be an example to other parishes such as ministries to the sick and to people in nursing homes, ministries to prisoners, support groups for grieving, support groups for caretakers of Alzheimers or dementia patients, groups that work with people with disabilities, etc.

The pope said the Church must be a “field hospital,” a place for healing and redemption. Our world longs for it!

Margrit Anna Banta


(Editor: The Jan. 4, 2016 issue has a front page photo and article which highlighted the worldwide Year of Mercy and the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart when it was blessed by Bishop DiLorenzo on Dec. 20. read the article »)


More important issues need to be addressed

I am responding to the December 21st issue of the Catholic Virginian. The front page’s bold title “Pope says more work is needed on climate change pact” was really an eye catcher to me.

Being raised Catholic by really strict faith loving parents, I along with my seven siblings were taught by their example the true meaning of the “golden rule!”

We live in a world now where there is terror, ISIS, Christians being persecuted and beheaded, abortion, baby parts being sold for profit, cultural divisiveness and corruption all around and the Pope’s concern seems to be “climate change?”

Granted this may be a global problem, but perhaps our priorities are not in the right place. Why is the church and clergy not standing up and speaking out on these issues as much as they are on global warming?

After all, major fatal attacks, candle light services are held and people are seen gathered in groups praying, as our government leaders were seen praying as they gathered on the Capitol steps after 9/11. Why be shown praying only after a tragedy?

I would prefer seeing the Pope, Bishops and clergy place more emphasis on “spirituality.”

More spiritual teachings among all people could not cause any great harm. Global warming appears to be more of a political issue rather than a spiritual issue.

I feel it is our “spirituality” that builds ones strong Christian foundation.

(Thanks Mom and Dad!)

The article “Pope says more needed on climate change pact” did not appear in the web edition of The Catholic Virginian.

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