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  • Not pandering
    So, a liturgy that is in the vernacular, with the priest facing the congregation — that is pandering? This is an idea I find really offensive.
  • Media don’t help
    Not only are our young people not becoming priests and religious, for some reason they only hear the call to hook up, shack up, apostatize.
  • ‘Notable battle’
    One of Ara Parseghian’s most notable battles, far surpassing football, began in 1994. That was the year three of his four grandchildren were diagnosed with a fatal disease.
  • He is aware
    More than we want to admit, there is a brain behind the bigot.
  • We as American, lay, priests, religious — all are obliged to stop, to think, to speak out against this unacceptable manifestation, this cruel manipulation.

  • You gave this conference only two-thirds of a page of coverage, compared to a breathless four-fifths of a page for a non-Catholic solar eclipse fad.
  • I can do friendly without acceptance but I won’t surrender the truth of my beliefs.
  • Interesting book
    A guest of the Holy Names sisters at Marylhurst, she has made available a book about the Little Sisters’ founder, Mother Camelia Lohier. This biography was translated from French with the help of Holy Names Sister Rita Rose Vistica. Mother Camelia is being considered for beatification.
  • My mentor
    When I was a student at Central Catholic High School, he taught me to see the world as truly a work of God as Artist.
  •  We don't yet know whether we are in a permanent period of global warming
    Recent events prove nothing about climate change, because changes in climate occur over a much longer time frame than seasonal or yearly events.
  • End this curse
    Our society is transforming from a culture of life into a culture of death.
  • No nuance here
    The black prisoners will view him in a different light, especially the Muslims. In this place, there is no nuance.
  • We are a shining light
    Our president does care about the common good, but places the importance of our nation over global governance, as he should.
  • Good may come
    Would we have had Mary on our minds and in our conversations had she not been vandalized?
  • Address miracle
    The talk about human sexuality must speak of the procreative miracle.
  • Demand proof
    The terms of the Paris accord discriminated against the United States, and few elected officials would endorse this one-sided agreement.
  • Spiritual support
    Although he has a degree in history, Dominican Father Dismas Sayre somehow wound up being computer tech support at the library of a major state university. He got the reputation of being the go-to person for solving computer glitches.
  • We must fight for our children

    I am, like many French citizens, an admirer of Pope Francis and I support the editorial on why America should rejoin the Paris Accord on climate change.

  • President acted within principles
    No magisterial teaching depends upon the consensual self-interests of international assemblies.
  • Care for creation an aspect of reverence for Word
    Christianity is special because of its revelation that God is love — that he gave away his Word not only to create creation but also to save it.
  • Not solid science

    This editorial errs, as does ‘Laudato Si’, by presuming the claim that climate change is caused by man-made gases is based on solid science. It is not. None of the alarmist predictions based on this premise have happened. The earth has been warming irregularly since the last ice age.

  • They helped me
    Not only did I get paid. A lawyer in my church represented me in a lawsuit for 25 percent and I got $2,000 in back pay.
  • You disrespected President Trump and the office
    I have to see such things in the secular newspapers but please not in our Catholic papers. We are better than that.
  • Only the violent
    The Trump administration should continue deporting those who commit violent crimes and leave peaceful immigrants alone.
  • Leaving Paris accord is indeed against Christian teaching
    Mr. Langlois is spot on that withdrawing from an international effort to protect future generations from this one is against basic Christian/Catholic teaching.
  • These “Chicken Little Alarmists” have an agenda to control us, tax us and redistribute our wealth.  
  • Encyclical 'nonsensical'
    The Catholic Church and Pope Francis need to stop touting this nonsensical climate encyclical that is grounded in falsified scientific concepts and extreme left wing politics.
  • I remember them
    Msgr. Tim Murphy recalls the men with whom he was ordained 50 years ago.
  • It takes courage
    I encounter on a daily basis immigrants — documented and undocumented — who, despite their traumatic journey to come to the United States, manage to smile and give thanks to God.
  • Truth may hurt

    Thank you, Father, for reminding us that “Practicing self-truth spills over into our work, family, government and church, generating the strength needed to fight today’s falsehoods and dishonesties.”

  • Thanks for help
    I hope everyone took time on our most sacred non-religious day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in peace.
  • At least Pope Francis demonstrated class during President Trump’s visit, as compared to your introduction of a bogus sanctuary issue in a cartoon.
  • Equally heroic
    Instead of acknowledging our call as human beings to help one another, you call out only the known Christian and set him apart.
  • Be thorough
    Islam is a religion of all ethnicities, so being antagonistic toward Muslims doesn’t make him a racist, it makes him a bigot and a hateful person. Nuance means something. Please be more thorough.
  • You are blessed
    I miss them dearly. Portland is truly blessed.
  • A gentle pastor
    He was a kind and gentle pastor with a great sense of humor.
  • In face of vocations crisis, we need biblical realism
    We could as a parish observe the Ember Days, which were three days set aside for prayer and fasting for priests at the beginning of every season.
  • Tips for parents

    On the blog New Liturgical Movement, Peter Kwasniewski lamented what he termed “spiritual illiteracy” among many Catholics. Who can argue? I think most Catholics, myself included, feel they have an inadequate knowledge of the faith.

  • The archives!
    Then it hit me: the Catholic Sentinel archives. This vast database of Oregon Catholic history, online and searchable, right at my fingertips.
  • Now it's up to us
    The website is very well done with plenty of interesting articles and helpful resources. Now it is up to the rest of us to use the resources to carry out the mission of this center.
  • Why have we forgotten how early Christians loved?
    In the last four years we have heard the constant drumbeat from Pope Francis to go out to those in need, those on the fringes, and to be with them to help in ways that maintain human dignity. We seem to be nowhere near meeting the need.
  • Big picture view
    It is a big-picture view of Catholic education in a rapidly changing environment. Nicely done.
  • Answer this
    I would like to ask Mr. Hawking three questions from a scientific standpoint.
  • Weary of it
    As a Catholic, I am tired of racial profiling.
  • Praying for offender is a vital part of forgiveness
    Sooner or later, everyone who struggles seriously with un-forgiveness will realize — as Heather Renshaw came to realize — that forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.
  • Superb archives
    I compliment you on your website’s archive section. It is amazing.
  • "The Shack" opens hearts
    We are in “field hospital” times, and have to first stop the bleeding. The movie opens our hearts to God’s love.
  • Sanctuary might mean asylum
    Accompaniment as described in the document is an essential part of our responsibility to undocumented persons, especially those who are members of our congregations. However, offering asylum may become necessary to protect families and individuals from forced deportation.
  • Like a daffodil

    The passing of my dear friend Sister Teresa Mitchell at the Carmel in Eugene leaves the world a darker place. She always reminded me of one of my favorite flowers, the daffodil — a bright and cheerful spot in the gray cold of spring.

  • Leave it to God
    They can choose to follow Jesus’s words in Matthew 7:12 and provide the best service they can and leave the judging up to God.
  • New school act?
    As the Affordable Care Act brought millions into health care insurance, possibly another move forward could be made in education by enacting an Affordable School Act.
  • The cruelest laws
    Oregon has the cruelest abortion laws in America. We do have a majority leader in the Oregon House of Representatives who can make a difference.
  • Aid public schools
    Public education is a civic duty. Private education is a parental choice.
  • Your newspaper expresses why I'm a Catholic
    Your publication really is a place of mental and spiritual refuge — a special blessing for us in prison. Joy! Hope! Mercy! Love! Faith! Compassion! Acceptance! Forgiveness!
  • Door is not shut
    I think we should give President Trump’s administration the benefit of the doubt regarding a pause on immigration from countries producing the most unbalanced individuals wielding knives — and bombs.
  • Fix schools, don't abandon them
    I have a child enrolled in Catholic school. It was a choice my wife and I made based on our experience as children and our desire to have our child surrounded by the Catholic faith. However, I in no way want to take public funds away from public schools.
  • Enough 'me first'

    We can argue that being a good Christian is all about getting to the next life and attaining salvation. Yet, Jesus clearly focused on how we treat each other in this life.

  • We miss him
    He was so welcoming, never too busy to give us a welcome hug.
  • Use some sense
    The abandonment of common sense is not an American value in seeking justice and liberty for the citizens of both America and of Mexico.
  • Where was the warrant?
    If, as the article states, he was punished “for propagating a theory with insufficient proof,” where was the church’s warrant for jailing people for the crime of bad science?
  • Church and science go together
    Thank you for quoting Brother Louis de Montfort Nguyen, a monk scientist who teaches a course at Mount Angel Seminary on faith and science: “The Catholic Church isn’t in any way against science.”
  • Don't rewrite history
    I do want to compliment the Catholic Church for its progressive stance on established sciences like evolution during the past 50 years. We’ve come a long way.
  • What about men?
    Many of the women or girls are being forced into prostitution. One thing that does not seem to be addressed is the men who pay for these services.
  • We were one
    Those who aligned to protect our Spanish-speaking neighbors were of a broad crossection of traditions, religions, nationalities and political persuasions.
  • No fear worse
    There is no fear worse than being on the streets, alone, on a cold night with nothing but the clothes on your back.
  • How to measure?
    Let us join with the Holy Father in praying that, under the president’s leadership, “May America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need.”
  • Flaunts safety

    Without a witness, there is a possibility of euthanasia. This omission in the Oregon law eviscerates the flaunted safeguards, putting the entire population at risk of exploitation by the medical-industrial-complex, organ traffickers and predatory heirs. 

  • Low wages and lack of jobs exacerbate homelessness
    If every Catholic parish recruited and organized volunteers to work on the effort and provide outreach, much more progress could be made.
  • Trip of conversion
    It is everything one will ever dream to get in a trip, all at once.
  • Only connect
    We can always try to recognize Christ in others in the hope that others will see Christ in us.
  • Be intentional
    I commend Father Sean Weeks for giving great example for making time to stay fit for God.
  • Poor metaphor
    Rather than regard the rosary as a “sword,” we might indeed look to Mary rather as a model to ponder these things in our hearts, and in praying the rosary, as our catechism suggests, “meditate on the mysteries of Christ.”
  • A great witness
    In the 1970s, Immaculate Heart Catholic School on North Williams Avenue was more than 90 percent African-American. Many were non-Catholic but nonetheless it served as a great witness to the Catholic commitment to racial equality.
  • He is treasured
    His leadership, his spirit, his energy, his gentle manner, his firm guidance, his deep and robust laughter, and his lifetime commitment to justice and peace have inspired so many people over the years.
  • He invites us to engage life more and more deeply

    Bob’s whole mode of being has given witness to this message. What needed to be done was always possible in this context. He unhesitatingly set himself to the task at hand.

  • As the judge says, we must follow the Constitution
    “Conservative” does not mean “rigid” or “old-fashioned” as many like to characterize. The word designates the necessity of conserving liberty and freedom for each and every American.
  • We know sexual assault on campus is epidemic, and we must demand our Catholic universities fulfill their promises for compassion and justice.
  • Legal consent cannot be given when someone is drunk.
  • The University of Portland didn’t fail her; she failed the university by breaking the law with underage drinking.  
  • Women are always put in the position of proving they did not consent.
  • As much as I have admired him as a writer, I am deeply disappointed in the current editor’s poor judgment in this matter.
  • In the face of her sexual assault, and the resulting physical and emotional scars, Ms. Ell has shown great courage.
  • If you understand or refuse to understand the perspective of sexual assault victims, do pray for them.
  • It is inexcusable that U.P could dismiss any action when it was pretty obvious that her state of mind due to excessive drinking could not allow her to think clearly.
  • Lead us, UP
    I would expect the university I love to lead in this and be a role model to others, not hide behind the curtains of other institutions’ failures.
  • Stop your fright
    Please stop putting frightening words in your editorials.
  • Enormous good
    In a city as dangerous as Chicago, Father Pfleger is a diamond in the rough. He clearly embodies those characteristics of a pastor that Pope Francis so frequently talks about.
  • How much more?
    If an American owns a home, a car and has personal assets but has, say, $150,000 to $250,000 in debt, would you say that American is wealthy?
  • To the dregs
    Brian, we drink this most sacred cup with you, inexplicably fortified in the Spirit of the risen Christ.
  • Getting better
    Has anyone else found the Sentinel to be a more compelling read of late? For years, I’ve spent 10 minutes leafing through the Sentinel every two weeks. Lately, I find I read more articles in the Sentinel and always look forward to the next issue.
  • No recriminations

    Most of us, outside of party affiliation pull, prayed for a gentle ending to this two-year nasty presidential race, which was shameful with regard to the behavior of the contestants, their advisors and some of their followers.

  • Proud of Stan
    Any high school kid with a foot that big was bound for greatness in some sport.
  • The single issue
    I am a single issue voter: pro-life. All life comes from God and all life has a purpose given to it by God. An individual life is not repeatable.
  • Why feature him?

    To see Father Michael Pfleger of Chicago wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt came as no surprise — other than why the Sentinel chose to print it.

  • Grand lady
    Thank you for a truly fantastic story about our former chancellor, Mary Jo Tully.
  • Not so accepting
    Bishop Bartolomé de las Casas through 1550 was fighting for the acceptance of the indigenous as being human. The papacy backed him. Many Spaniards did not.
  • Position suspect
    I have been an Oregon inmate for almost 18 years. The article about former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s involvement with Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (Aug. 19, page 12) gave me pause.
  • No libelous labels
    It is better to consider the actual policies of the respective parties and candidates.
  • We all benefit
    As a non-Catholic editor, I commend you for putting together a very fine newspaper.
  • On immigration, has US bent to extent it is able?
    It would be irresponsible for one nation to take all the immigrants in need at the expense of its citizens.
  • Teaching helps me

    I find that the more responsibility I take for my children’s education in faith, the more I myself am catechized, the more my own faith deepens.

  • Concrete lesson