Letter: Catholic Church is steeped in tradition and generosity

April 5, 2013 

Catholics keep your chins held high!

It's interesting to me that media chooses to print mostly the negatives about the Catholic Church. The litany of bad popes, priests and fallen away Catholics.

There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, 67 million in America and every single day the church feeds the hungry, houses the poor, clothes the needy, mends the sick, visits prisoners and educates more people than any other institution on the face of the Earth. With the education of 2.6 million Catholic students every day the church saves the taxpayers $18 billion a year.

The Catholic Church is deep into tradition for more than 2,000 years. It started with a small group of men that transformed the western civilization after the death of Jesus. Prior to the 16th century, Western Europe had only one religion: Catholicism.

Catholics that have left the church simply don't get it. If they understood the 2,000 years of tradition, they would still be with us. Mass can be attended on Sunday anywhere in the world and get the same gospel reading and Communion. All Catholics should keep their chins held high and study their faith.

MARK VINCENT, Pasco

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