Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Letters to the Editor

(From the , 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

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    Valuing human life over human honors


    There have been articles in the Inland Register about Dorothy Day being considered for beatification. One of her friends in serving the poor, Catherine Daugherty, is also being considered for beatification.

    Catherine, a Russian refugee, moved to Canada and established the Madonna House apostolate to serve the poor and anyone who comes. The apostolate has set up houses in other places around the world to give witness by their lives to God’s love for us all. In 1976, The Order of Canada was given to her for her service to the poor and marginalized. She and her fellow workers were deeply honored to receive this award.

    This year in July, the Order of Canada was given to Henry Morgentaler for his “service” to Canada. His life’s work has been to legalize and provide abortions for any woman in her pregnancy up to the moment of birth. Mr. Morgentaler has himself performed at least 100,000 abortions.

    In response to this action by the Canadian government, after much prayer and discernment, Madonna House members decided to return Catherine’s Order of Canada. Their open letter to the Governor General of Canada stated that they were returning the award in protest of the one made to Mr. Morgantaler. The return was done peacefully and formally, and was on TV and in the newspapers.

    Catherine’s award was the second one returned, and by November 2008, a total of 10 Orders of Canada have been returned, and 30,000 people have signed a petition asking the government to revoke Henry Morgentaler’s award. What the outcome will be? Who knows? But isn’t it a great sign of hope that many people are choosing to place the dignity of the human person and justice for the most vulnerable above public honors?

    Velda Weid, Elena Weid, Spokane



    This letter is in response to Father I.J. Mikulski’s answer which appeared in “The Question Box” (IR 10/23/08) with regard to a question on Medjugorje. Father Mikulski’s response was inflammatory and filled with insinuations. It smacks of the rhetoric we have been subjected to in our national presidential campaign. I am not angry or disturbed as much as I am saddened.

    Remember Acts 5:38-39: “Therefore, in the present case I advise you; Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” I wonder if those who oppose the Medjugorje apparitions have read what the visionaries have shared about Our Lady’s messages? Scripture tells us you will know the tree by its fruit. Our Lady is calling people to prayer, fasting, and the sacraments. Many people have experienced conversions and are actively living their faith as a result of Our Lady’s pleas.

    I would like all those who are skeptical to please read and pray for enlightenment. “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and Earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children” (Matt 11:25). One of the reasons that Father Mikulski rebuffed Medjugorje was because of the economic benefits, and the shops that have popped up there. The Vatican and Lourdes are two places that come to mind that have the same type of economic surroundings. Pilgrims wanting to purchase things in either of these places does not diminish the holiness of either place.

    Lastly, Holy Scripture has told us who will be crushing Satan: It is Our Blessed Mother. It occurs to me that Satan would very much want to discredit anything that might bring about world wide conversions. Our world is sadly in need of conversions. I can understand how priests want to protect their flocks from anyone or anything who might try to mislead people with false apparitions and schemes. I have had priests tell me that everything we need, we already have in the church, Scripture, sacraments.… However, God is so merciful he has sent his mother to call her children back to these very things.

    I hope those who have benefited from the many blessings that Medjugorje have bestowed upon us will pray for those who are openly sowing seeds of doubt and division within the church. For once the apparitions have ended, the Vatican will publish their findings, and like Fatima and Lourdes, we will find out that these visionaries have been telling us the truth. Let us pray for the truth to be revealed to all, for I believe God will show us the truth if we ask him.

    Jeannie Lyonnais, Dayton, Wash.

    Tribute to Al Mangan


    My dear friend and mentor, Al Mangan, has left the building. He decided to move back to Chico, Calif., with a friend….We had a beautiful prayer shawl and blessing ceremony for him and his journey on Oct. 27. It was held at St. Joseph Church, on Dean in Spokane, and some of his Pax Christi friends were able to join us for a sending-off ceremony.

    I first met Al in 1984, soon after my daughter’s birth. It was at a protest against the White Trains carrying warheads to the coast. I admired Al’s willingness to stand up for what he believes, even when that meant going to jail. Al is the guy who was always there for protests, particularly the anti-war events. He remains a strong advocate for social justice…

    I had the pleasure of working closely with Al on the Social Concern Committee at St. Joseph Parish. It was Al who advocated and organized our yearly presence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March. And it was with Al’s urging that the parish organized a letter-writing campaign to our state legislators. We have continued this tradition at St. Joseph for over 10 years, and it is a huge success.

    Al taught me the importance of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. He is one of those rare folks who is always willing to stand up and speak out against injustice. I have not gotten to the point of expressing my convictions to the point of being willing to face jail. But perhaps that time will come. In the meantime, I will think about Al and his bumper sticker — “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” — as he’s driving to Northern California.

    We will miss Al, but know he will enjoy the milder weather. And may he remain an example to us all of doing the right thing, and living the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

    “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

    Bon voyage, Al.

    Louise Chadez, Spokane

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