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5/6/2013 10:56:00 AM
If that's being a liberal, count me in
                                                                                                       Catholic News Service photoCardinals from around the world enter the Vatican's Sistine Chapel March 12.
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Cardinals from around the world enter the Vatican's Sistine Chapel March 12.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

God bless our new archbishop, Alexander Sample. In the welcome issue, one testimonial in particular caught my attention: A deacon praised the archbishop’s holiness but continued that, “there is a lot of liberalism poking at the church, and to some extent trying to destroy it.” That astounded me.  What is liberal?

• If it is one who dreads government budget cuts for Medicaid, which assists those who are disabled, then count me liberal.

• If it is one who abhors the use of firearms to kill the innocent, then count me liberal.

• If it is one who is tired of wars and yearns for peace, count me liberal.

• And if it is liberal to want equality of life for minorities, count me liberal.

• If it includes one weary of religion concentrating on the subject of contraception, then I must be liberal.

Abortion is tragic, but why does our faith, above all others, concentrate so much energy on the issue when our congregations have never received a true hierarchal apology for an equally sad sin: sexual abuse of little children by our clergy?

And am I liberal because I’d have enjoyed seeing my own gender represented at that gathering of cardinals in the conclave in Rome? Liberal? Maybe. Sensitive? Yes!

Let’s invite everyone to join us as a religion of compassion and acceptance for all.

Lynette Sproul, Waldport

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