Building Unity and Loving One Another

Difficult to understand that the editor has allowed an organization to take a pot shot at the Catholic Church

Is it not a basic principle of journalism never to write anything of which the only purpose is to discredit someone else?

I was surprised that Ian got lots of space week after week to malign the ministry of the pope which has survived for 2,000 years.

I must admit that I find it difficult to understand that the editor has allowed an organization to take a pot shot at the Catholic Church, in a peaceful community like Creston where the Roman Catholic Church has always contributed to living in truth and love and forgiveness with all our neighbours.

Of course, we are not strangers in the land of failure and weakness but we remain on track because Jesus has not lost his grip on our Church. He is among us. He is and always will be.

Why the obsession with maligning the Church which in this day and age seeks to find the path to unity with everyone.

Why would a former pastor of Seventh Days Adventist be given space in our local paper to malign the very existence of the Catholic Church at a time when so much that is beautiful is at work in the heart of Pope Francis.

How would Ian want the readers to benefit from his article? What does he have to say to enrich the hearts of all the readers including Roman Catholics? Month after month we, the ministers of the different Churches in Creston, gather to find ways of bringing the goodness of Christ to our community. Ian, you belong to the ministerial association. How is your writing helping to bring about God’s kingdom of goodness and love to our beautiful community? Why are you dividing us? We want peace, love, and unity.

I would ask Ian to reflect that the important thing today is to see that Jesus exists and that if he is discarded, omitted or eliminated, letters to the editor might be as clever as can be yet in dishonouring the goodness of others, the humanity and the dignity of our small city is broken down.

Today, the Catholic Church is determined to show the world that Jesus exists, to bring the transforming light of Christ to our community, to every man, every woman, and every child.

Never write anything of which the purpose is to discredit someone else.

Francis knows that Jesus must appear again in the horizon of the secular world’s vision of things. Today, more than ever he is asking Catholic pastors to go to the peripheries of our society, to let the marginalized know that they count, to see in each person the face of a brother, the face of a sister, to love, to cherish and to protect. In fact, to love Jesus in everyone. This is what we are about, this is our mission.

Pope Francis said recently – if you insult your brother, you have killed him in your heart. I invite Ian to give this some thought.

Pope Francis has broken through to another emphasis regarding the role of the Church to build unity in this complex world of today.

We will never take the path of division. We will continue to love and build unity in our beautiful Creston Valley.

Respectfully,

Fr. Obi

Pastor, Holy Cross Catholic Church

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