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 Sept. 8, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

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Ending World War II


In the non-nuclear pre-1945 age, there were two global wars in 20 years. Sixty years hence, there have been no global wars, though there have been plenty of would-be Hitlers. Perhaps the war-makers purposely limit their aggression so as not to set off nuclear weapons – which would atomize them and radiate large parts of their countries, making them virtually uninhabitable (“On 60th anniversary of atomic bombings, Bishop Skylstad urges nations to ban nukes,” IR 8/18/05).

The alternative to Hiroshima and Nagasaki was Operation Coronet, the final, large-scale military assault on Japan set for September of that year. It would have resulted in a million or more deaths, many of them American; caused devastation throughout Japan; and would have lasted months – years, if the Japanese army had taken to the mountains and waged guerilla war and had been aided by Stalin.

Martin J. Owens, Walla Walla, Wash.

An open letter to victims of abuse


An open letter to victims of sexual molestation by priests of the Diocese of Spokane:

I am sorry for the terrible abuse and betrayal that you suffered from the Catholic clergy. However, no amount of money can compensate for the pain that you have endured and will endure until the end of your lives. A judge has ruled that the Church can be forced to sell the assets to pay this monetary compensation. These assets (churches, schools) do not belong to the clergy who are responsible for the abuse. These assets were built with the great sacrifice by past generations of Catholics who did not molest you. Should you demand that church assets be sold for your compensation, present and future generations of Catholics who also did not molest you will have to make great sacrifices to replace these churches and other Catholic institutions.

Nor did God abuse you. Is it fair to the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist that he be deprived of a dwelling place because a consecrated church is sold to build a parking lot or condo?

Dear victims, please consider the following:

• Pray about it.
• Read the history of the Church – the lives of the saints, all of the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy that the Church has done in the last 2,000 years. Put in perspective the sinful actions of the few in comparison to the thousands of the many.
• Trust in the justice of God: “Vengeance is mine – I will repay.”

Dominus tecum!

Luana Malarz, Seattle, Wash.

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