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Appalled at protests

February 27, 2015
Cathal Gallagher
San Jose

I’m appalled at the protests on the cathedral steps against Archbishop Cordileone. For the protests to occur during Mass is scandalous. Lest we forget, the Mass is a reenactment of Calvary. Christ is present on the altar. Yet people who say they are Catholic stand with protest placards during the sacred ceremony.

The archbishop is upholding the moral teachings of the church. He is asking teachers to do likewise. His concern is Catholic identity which is a growing problem in high schools.

Many students don’t know the faith and in later years abandon the church. Some become agnostics or join other religions. Jesuit Father Tom Reese has said two-thirds of ex-Catholics become evangelicals. This falling away is occurring because students are not being taught.

I applaud the actions of Archbishop Cordileone. I hope our priests take notice. We need to hear more of God’s justice – not just his mercy. This includes the terrible consequences of mortal sin. At Fatima, Jacinta, who is said to have had a vision of hell said, “if only men knew what awaited them in eternity they would do everything to change their lives.”

I think the archbishop is heeding this advice. He is doing everything he can to save our immortal souls. Catholics throughout the Bay Area should support him.

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