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

Glad to Be Catholic

(From the Feb. 2, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

I am thankful for my Catholic Faith, which is a gift of God, nurtured by my parents and reinforced by my education with nuns and the Jesuit Fathers. This Catholic Church is the one and the same mentioned in the Bible (Timothy 3:14-15) where St. Paul says, “The Church is the pillar and bulwark of the truth.”

Only the Catholic Church claims to be the one and only Church founded by Christ.

Only the Catholic Church is truly universal, for al people of all Christian ages.

Only the Catholic Church traces 2,000 years to Christ and the Apostles and has had unbroken successors to St. Peter in the papacy.

Only the Catholic Church has had the vast majority of all Christians as members, throughout the ages, as it does now.

Only the Catholic Church has had as members all saints of all ages, including those who wrote the New Testament.

All other Christian churches sprang from the Catholic Church in recent centuries, or broke and splintered from one that did break from the Catholic Faith.

If I were not a Catholic I would sure take a long look at the Catholic Church’s credentials.

— John Cooney, St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane

Share the ways you’re ‘Glad to Be Catholic’

If you have a pleasant memory you treasure that relates to being Catholic, tell us about it. If you have a positive or uplifting experience in the context of family or parish life, or in the workplace, that makes you glad you’re Catholic, send it to us so that we can share it with the rest of the Catholic community in Eastern Washington.

Send descriptions of your experience(s) to: Glad to Be Catholic, The Inland Register, P.O. Box 48, Spokane, WA 99210; or send your story by e-mail to:

Although sometimes submissions have to be edited, we’ll do our best to let your unique voice come through. We’ll respect requests to remain anonymous, but please include your name and phone number, in case we have any questions. Otherwise, we’ll print your name and, if you’ll share it with us, the name of your parish.

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