Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Letters to the Editor

(From the May 20, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

‘The Passion’


This is my response to the article printed in the Inland Register April 29, 2004; “Pew Research Center: significant increase in Americans who blame Jews for Christ’s death."

As implied by me in a previous Inland Register letter to the editor (4/8/04), I saw the motion picture The Passion of the Christ. The correct answer to the question, “Do you feel the Jews were responsible for Christ’s death or not?” is an unequivocal “No, the Jews were not responsible for Christ’s death.”

The truth is our sins, the sins of all people, were and are responsible for the death of Jesus. There are numerous Scriptures in the Bible that support this assertion. Some from the Old Testament and many from the New Testament. Two verses from the same chapter particularly come to mind: “Yes. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the son in to the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).

Daniel Olstad, Spokane

Thanks from CCHD

(Editor’s note: The following was received by Bishop Skylstad, to be shared with the rest of the Spokane Diocese.)

Dear Bishop Skylstad:

On behalf of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), I am writing to thank you and all of the faithful of the Diocese of Spokane for your very generous 2003 collection contribution of $39,734.25. This support enables the Church in the United States to continue to support people who are poor to break the cycle of poverty.

Thanks to all the prophetic foresight of our bishops and the generosity and dedication of the clergy, Religious, and laity, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been able to support low-income people as they find a way out of poverty for themselves and their communities. In 2003, you helped CCHD grant $8.75 million in support of 318 local projects in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are proud to be one of the largest private funders of anti-poverty programs initiated and led by people living in poverty.

As Pope John Paul II reminds us, our Church is one “that works with all sectors of society, including the poor themselves, in search of solutions to the problems of poverty, in order to free people from lives of misery and want.”

Through their gifts to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the people of Spokane help to break the cycle of poverty and build community across our nation. We are grateful for your leadership and for the invaluable partnership of your diocesan director, Mr. Scott Cooper. Be assured of our prayers for you and those you serve.

Father Robert J. Vitillo, Washington, D.C.

(Father Vitillo is Executive Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.)

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