Doctrine, tradition build Catholicism

To the editor: 

This writing is meant to challenge the opinions expressed here some weeks ago about the validity of Vatican II, the ordained, and Pope Francis.

To begin, I was educated in the faith through the ‘Baltimore Catechism’ and still have my daily missal-Bible and Bible history from that era (Pre-Vatican II). Comparing my current catechism and Bible with the old, I find no evidence to support the statements made in these opinions.

Vatican II was entrusted by Pope John XXIII, and had as its intentions and purpose to highlight the church’s apostolic and pastoral mission, making the truth of the Gospel shine forth to lead people to seek and receive Christ’s love, and to guard and better present the precious deposit of Christian doctrine to be more accessible to the faithful.

Change in language or culture does not change doctrine or tradition — it’s what makes the church local and universal.

When Jesus founded his (Catholic) church and named Peter as head, it is through succession the pope, as vicar of Christ, receives power and is infallible in all matters of faith. Always was and always will be.

Recall Jesus, too, was criticized for keeping company with unbelievers, tax collectors, prostitutes and such. Now the letter criticizes our pope’s words and actions.

Isn’t it interesting, in this 50th year of Vatican II, Pope John XXIII should be canonized, and Pope Francis named Person of the Year in his brief reign as head of the church.

I am proud to say I belong to the one church founded by Jesus Christ, who neither deceives nor will be deceived. Thus, the Word of the Lord handed down through the ages is true for all those who believe. “Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it.”

Janet Anderson, Paynesville

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