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 , 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

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    Do not defile Faith


    I was overjoyed to see and hear the U.S. bishops quickly respond to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s misrepresentation of Church teaching against abortion. However, more action must be taken.

    Mrs. Pelosi’s stand on abortion is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Many of us are tired of so-called “Catholic” politicians and their unrelenting efforts to advance abortion rights and the culture of death. Mrs. Pelosi is a self proclaimed “devout Catholic” who un-bashfully proclaims that she regularly receives the Eucharist. I believe Mrs. Pelosi has by her actions effectively excommunicated herself from our Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of San Francisco needs to make that fact known not only to Mrs. Pelosi, but also to all the faithful, lest the archbishop risk others to be led into grave sin.

    Our Catholic faith is a priceless gift given to us by Christ. It must not be defiled by non-believers or abandoned by timid bishops and priests. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide all bishops who have been entrusted to lead and teach Christ’s flock. The con-fusion will continue until we the faithful hear from the archbishops, bishops and priests that the cafeteria is closed.

    Maureen Kirby, Spokane

    ‘Catholic’ voters?


    (Regarding “The ‘Catholic voter’ continues to elude the statisticians,” IR 7/31/08:) The July 31 article under “Viewpoints” (by Catholic News Service writer Patricia Zapor) gave a statistical report of the Catholic vote, alarming me to take the unusual action to write a comment.

    Citing the “average” Catholic voter as one who “believes abortion should be legal in most cases” is an incredulously anti-Catholic position! Here, I felt compelled to check to make sure that I was reading our diocesan paper, and not the Spokesman Review (Spokane’s daily newspaper)!

    Abortion, or taking of innocent human lives, is against all moral standards of decency, let alone a mortal sin and one the Church teaches as harmful for our souls. If this writer’s “statistics” bear any manner of truth, our church leaders must feel compelled to address this in an urgent conversation from the pulpit with the leadership of the bishop. We all share in the one Faith and by doing so are obligated to spread the truth. Our brothers and sisters unknowingly are harming their souls by accepting a moral wrong. Speak out!

    Mary Riehle, Spokane

    Making history with 40 Days for Life


    Every year we look with pride at knowing we, Spokane, have the largest timed foot race (Blooms-day) and largest three-on-three basketball tournament (Hoopfest) in the world! Spokane is once again going to prove that the citizens of Spokane (and surrounding communities) have that same “you can (Spo-kane) do it” spirit!

    Sept. 24-Nov. 2 marks the beginning of the 2008 Fall “40 Days for Life” national campaign. Once again, Spokane’s 40 Days for Life will be taking part with over 170 cities in 45 states including the District of Columbia, two Canadian Provinces and one American territory to participate in the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilizations in history!

    The 40 Days for Life effort promotes an end to abortion and the healing of the women (and men) who have suffered the searing and tragic results of past abortion experiences. This end to abortion and its fallout can and has been achieved through simple prayer and fasting, prayer vigils at abortion clinic locations around the country and community outreach opportunities.

    To become a part of this inspiring experience, all you have to do is go to:,

    select “Spokane” to register or email The closer we get to the Sept. 24 kickoff, you will be able to check for times for Masses, prayer services and rally times; as well as sign up on the website for vigil time slots to pray at abortion clinics.

    Spokane can once again make history by saving babies and healing wounded parents and families.

    Can Spo-kane do it?

    Kathy Kelly, Spokane

    (Kathy Kelly is the Communications Director for the Spokane Chapter of 40 Days for Life.)

    Initiative 1000


    The insert in our church bulletin for Aug. 31 was good and helpful. It urged us to support the campaign against I-1000 with prayers and financial support.

    As a Catholic campaign, I would have added one more voice to the “they say/we say” debate – “God says.”

    They say: I want to control the time of my death.

    God says: “There is an appointed time for everything ... a time to be born and a time to die ... He has made everything appropriate to its time....” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2, 11)

    They say: Allow me to end my life.

    God says: “For he is our God and we are his people, the sheep of his flock.” (Psalm 95:7)

    They say: I need to control my body.

    God says: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price.” (I Corin-thians 6:19-20)

    There are hundreds of other references in which God speaks of “my people.” Only God has the rights to his “private property.”

    Walter F. Stichart, Colville, Wash.

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