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Answer to the friends of Kateri

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This newspaper and I have been fairly deluged with letters since I wrote my harmless little comments on the Blessed Kateri and her alleged miracle, and I must admit those letters have made some arresting arguments. The main ones are: • I am a bigot and an atheist. • You are not allowed to make fun of religion, especially in a newspaper. • It’s called faith. • If a lot of people believe something it ...

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January 3, 2012
11:58 a.m.

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zelasko - where are you getting your figures regarding "they return to church"? Do you mean there exists today flocks of young women hungering to become nuns? Knocking on convent doors demanding to be permitted to give up all to serve the church? How about the few non-pedophiles willing to serve a lord, any lord? I haven't seen or read anything about them lately. All I ever see are the the figures that prove that purity does not exist in the church. All I read about is the large number of pedophiles being hidden away by their church and/or being transferred to yet another congregation to practice their craft. The craft of destroying the young lives of those who may attend church. Of the people I knew when I was young who went to church - they no longer do. Including myself. I, at times, get romantic about "it" all. I would like to believe. But, I am a realist and to top it all off, I can no longer trust.

January 4, 2012
11:15 a.m.

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Well said, Strock. The arrogance of Christians in refusing to acknowledge the significance of the billions of people on this planet who don't follow/believe the old Christian stories. My neighbor, ordained a Deacon in the Catholic church, is devout as they come. Goes to church almost every day, saying his prayers day and night. But his devotion is simply an accident of birth. Had he been born among the billions of non-Christians, it is nearly inconceivable he'd end up with his Catholic beliefs. Look beyond your borders American Christians, and lose the arrogance. Your stories are no better than the stories of other organized religions. Billions of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Baha'i, Confucianists, African traditionalists, Jews, etc, etc., can't be wrong, right? And then there is that pesky group of 1.1 billion Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheists. Two-thirds of the world's population are not Christian. Try to be more open-minded. The world might be a better place for it.