Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the , 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
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In response to Father Jan Larson’s article about rubricism (“Issues in Liturgy,” IR 6/17/14), I would like to comment on the end of his article, in which he quotes from Bishop Richard J. Sklba’s writing in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald: “Keep an eye on the mystery, not merely the pathway to it.”
Sometimes the creative license some clergy take in regards to the liturgy obscures or obliterates the pathway to the mystery. And that, my dear Father Larson, is what is at the root of what you call rubricism. As a member of the Spokane Diocese, I have not personally witnessed anything so detrimental; however, I was a member of the Seattle Archdiocese for many years, and there were many abuses there in regards to disregarding the rubric directives; and I am only too glad to hear that there are people in his diocese who will stand up for retaining the integrity of liturgy and consequently safeguarding the “pathway to the mystery.”
Mary Rochon, Spokane
I have encountered so many Catholics who are going or have gone through a divorce and, for one reason or another, believe they are no longer welcome in the Church. Recently, I was talking to a woman over the phone and during the conversation I mentioned to her that I was the Program Director of a divorce ministry for Catholics. She quickly said, “I wish the Church had something like that when I was divorced; perhaps I’d still be Catholic.” I have heard similar statements from quite a few people. Unfortunately, many people who left the Church thought they couldn’t receive the sacraments because they were divorced. Others left because they felt ashamed and unable to find consolation or support in the Church. Some have left because they wanted to remarry and because they were misinformed or uninformed about the annulment process, felt they had no alternative other than to leave the Church. Sadly, so many divorced Catholics believe that the Church has let them down in their hour of need.
The Inland Register ran an article this past February about a German Cardinal, Walter Kasper, who was invited by Pope Francis to “give the keynote address to an assembly of 150 cardinals in the Vatican.” The overall theme of Cardinal Kasper’s address was focused on family-life issues. One particular aspect of his speech concentrated on the subject of divorce in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Kasper said, “The Church should seek new solutions for divorced and remarried Catholics.” More importantly, he said, “The Church must not judge as if it had a guillotine in its hands; rather, it must always leave the door open to mercy, to a way out that allows everyone to have a new beginning.”
Perhaps this challenge will be a catalyst that will foster greater inclusivity and offer that “ray of hope” for Catholic men and women who are divorced.
Although change can often take time, there is good news for men and women who are struggling through a divorce right now. This coming September, “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide,” a 12-week program created for divorced and separated men and women, delivers a “ray of hope” necessary to survive the pain and disruption triggered by a divorce. This program will be offered beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Assumption Parish, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd. in Spokane, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $25.
If you know someone searching for a “ray of hope,” become an instrument of support by encouraging that someone you care about to participate in this new and highly effective program through which divorced men and women will begin to attain personal healing, find hope, and discover how to work through the emotional upheaval. The program addresses many relevant subjects such as anger, loneliness, forgiveness, family, finances new relationships, annulments, and so much more.
Donna Petrocelli, Spokane
(For further information, call Donna Petrocelli, Program Director, at (509) 468-8429 or email email@example.com)
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