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 April 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

The Inland Register welcomes letters to the editor. Please limit letters to 500 words. Letters must be signed, and must include a name, address, and phone number for verification. Names can be withheld upon request. Remember to be charitable.

Address letters to:

Inland Register, P.O. Box 48, Spokane, WA 99210-0048
Fax: (509) 358-7302

Military recruiting


I am writing to voice my concern about military recruiting in our public schools. While I support the troops and the rights of a volunteer military, I do not support institutionalizing involuntary recruitment practices.

The No Child Left Behind Legislation automatically gives the military the right to take any student’s private information without any form of parental permission or notification! This snooping into students’ private school information needs to stop! There is an opt-out provision in the legislation, but rarely are students or parents informed of it.

I encourage students and parents all over our state to send a letter to their school’s administrators asking them to keep their information private! A sample form can be found at http://www.

Adam Kaczinski, Cheney, Wash.

Pope John Paul II


The last few days have been most interesting, in that one of the most revered men in the world has passed on. Could anyone possibly imagine how little world outcry there would have been if it had been our “esteemed” president?

The pope achieved world-wide acclaim via quietly aiding all areas of the globe, as seen by the global outpouring of grief at his departure from this life. His departure greatly affected the daily lives of billions. What political figure’s departure could affect the world even faintly to such an outpouring of grief?

I must give much credit to the entire media, across the world, in their detailed coverage of his passing. Normally they perform a more critical-type coverage in such world events as this. No, the media hasn’t changed, as slowly they will find (and print) some supposed indiscretion in the pope’s career, or they wouldn’t be the media as we know them.

In the meanwhile, let’s just thank them for the manner in which they vividly portrayed the many aspects and details of the pope’s life and his passing. We are quite fortunate in having the Inland Register locally, as we know their coverage of such events will be most accurate. But it was most refreshing to see such positive coverage in the public media.

Andy Kelly, Spokane

Future Church


What is in the future for the Church?

Many people are asking this in all parts of the Church. I would like to simply give my thoughts that come to me in prayer.

We know the Holy Spirit guides the Church. This was given to us in Holy Scripture. Many have been given gifts of the Spirit to discern and give the knowledge from the Spirit. They know what is from the Spirit and not from oneself. We know the Holy Spirit in our Apostles’ Creed.

“The Holy Spirit is to be worshipped and glorified.”

If you ask me what I think the future of Christ’s Church will be, he has told us long ago.

I honor and respect the pope and all the Apostles – the bishop in union with him. All led by the Holy Spirit. “And the gates of death will not prevail against it,” says the Lord.

Led always by the Holy Spirit – one main part of the future will be our youth. They are the future.

Pray for all of our youth, that they may be led to the Holy Orders of priest and deacon, and to the Sisterhood.

Barbara Bernadette Piercy, Spokane

To the new pope


My sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of our former pope, the Great John Paul II.

Congratulations are in order on the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the highest office in our Church. To Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now our leader, Pope Benedict XVI, with all due reverence, honor, and respect, I wish to make this public appeal:

Please allow our priests, not just those that are converts to the Roman Catholic Church, the option of being married without having to forfeit their ecclesiastical duties, and let women become priests.

Whatever position the Holy Father takes on these sensitive issues I will continue to be an obedient and submissive member of the Catholic Church.

Above all, God bless Pope Benedict XVI!

Daniel Olstad, Spokane

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