The peninsula at Nestucca Bay, once owned by Jesuits, is now open for public use.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
When a historic and beloved church property is passed to secular hands, jubilation is rarely the reaction. Yet the Sentinel rejoiced that Nestucca had become a nature preserve.
Oregon has an abundance of protected trees, fish and bobcats. One “species” is not protected by the EPA, Fish and Wildlife, or the Nature Conservancy: the human soul. The Church traditionally provides retreat centers such as Nestucca. Its loss is cause for grieving, not joy.
Nature lovers have reason to be happy. But for Oregon Catholics, this is a reminder that our happiness is not in the lake, on the trail, or seeing the spotted owl. Those are gifts of God, but not the ultimate gift.