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8/15/2013 10:52:00 AM
Moral evils

To the editor:

I have this pointed answer to those who constantly preach about moral evils in this column. My Facebook friend Rory Cooney is a well-known Catholic hymn writer from Illinois. He posted this last week:

"Yesterday, a friend on Facebook was writing about how people in his parish frequently complain that the priests don't preach about sin enough. His response was that they preach about sin all the time: economic injustice, racism, selfishness and hatred. The retort from the dissatisfied was that they never preach about things like abortion or homosexuality. The friend said, "Oh, you mean we don't preach about other people's sins?"

And a thought from me:

It is true Jesus often spoke words of judgment, but not to those in tangled relationships, or sexual sin. He treated them with respect and compassion, refused to condemn them, and sometimes said simply, "Go and sin no more." His harsh words were spoken to those who abused power, those who mistreated the poor, and the religious people who loved to put everyone else right.

Paul Martin

Cannon Falls



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