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Council of Toulouse was a local council addressing problem of Albigensian heretics Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

In his letter responding about the use of Latin in liturgical worship (Catholic Herald, March 17), Tom Roberts wrote, “The Council of Toulouse in 1229 declared, ‘We prohibit also that the laity should be permitted to have the books of the old and new testament’; they were in Latin.”

More information is required lest false conclusions be drawn about the Church. The Council of Toulouse was a local council, held by a local church.  It was not an Ecumenical Council, for the whole Church.

It addressed the problem of Albigensian heretics (aka Cathars), very active in Toulouse, who mistranslated the Latin Scriptures to support their pernicious heresies. When the Albigensianism problem was resolved, the limited edict for that local church was no longer needed.

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Koran talks about world submitted to Islam Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

This is in response to all the Muslim attacks on the free world for the last 1,400 years.

One cannot be a good Muslim if he condemns any of this behavior. It is written all over the Koran that if you do not submit to Allah and the teachings of his prophet Muhammad, you are not a Muslim and the penalty is death. There is no freedom in Islam.

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Catholic virtues offer solution for politicians Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Thank you for your editorial, “What’s happening to our ‘perfect union’? Many politicians find divisive issues and exploit them.

When private sector workers began to lose their benefits, politicians began to attack the benefits of public sector employees. Their rhetoric fanned envy, often demonizing those who seemed to be better off.

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Life is precarious for many people today Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

In reference to the recent column on the Parable of the Prodigal Son by the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, His Excellency finds a spirit of entitlement to be pervasive in current-day American culture.

Granted, many if not most of us have the standard of living of the wealthiest of persons, both by historical standards and by standards of much of the world today. This, of course, needs to be qualified that there remain many, in our midst, who “fall through the cracks” and are in dire need, but again, this is fortunately not the case with most of us.

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