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8/12/2014 9:53:00 AM
Bullying has no place in church

To the Catholic Sentinel:

In 2012, my school started a campaign to deconstruct stereotypes that are associated with race. Halloween costumes that many students at my school viewed as personally offensive due to stereotypical views of various races were targeted.

A campaign I am proposing will be similar but will be an anti-stereotype initiative that will feature a broader spectrum of stereotypes many Catholics view as personally offensive.

Members of many congregations look down on one another through clique-ish behavior, along with gossiping.  Church is a place of tolerance, of worship, and acceptance, not a place of superficial, borderline bullying.

If you feel that you are being looked down upon by fellow parishioners, look for another Catholic parish.

Chances are you will find a welcoming congregation!

If you feel that you are being looked down upon by people who attend church with you, your reply to this letter will be much appreciated.  I also ask that the Catholic Sentinel please email a copy of this letter to Archbishop Alexander Sample and Bishop Peter Smith, not only for their input for this campaign, but also to invite them to my school so I can show them where the idea for this campaign came from.

Eric Brown, Portland

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Article comment by: James Shand

We get no idea what parish Eric belongs to, but it is his letter, with its not--so-subtle accusations and insinuations which is being judgmental here, and not necessarily any actions, behavior or imagined attitudes of his fellow parishioners and/or visitors to this parish services. Perhaps it is Eric who needs to re-think his own views.

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