Tired of the intolerance

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I am writing in response to the article entitled “A question of faith” which appeared in The Telegram on August 10.

When will the intolerance and criticism of Roman Catholic beliefs stop? I am tired of listening, all my life (80 years, so far), to those who try to destroy that which is precious to us.

I was fuming when I read the article in the weekend paper.

We have every right to have the statue of St. Clare in the lobby of the hospital which is named in her honour.

It is common practice to erect a statue or place a picture of a person in a prominent place of a building for whom that building is named.

Clare Offreduccio was a young girl living in Assisi at the time of Saint Francis. She heard him speak during Lent in the church she attended, and decided that she, too, wanted to dedicate her life to the service of the poor.

She then sought the help of Francis in founding the Order of “Poor Clares,” dying at the age of 60 in severe agony.

My second point is concerning the removal of the crucifix. The crucifix is a universal symbol of God’s love for us and the horrendous death of his beloved son, Jesus. How can anyone object to that?

It appears that our once Christian community is becoming more “communistic” every day.

I do want to thank The Telegram on behalf of St. Clare’s for having her picture on the front page of the Weekend Telegram (August 10-11) especially as her feast day is celebrated on Aug. 11.

God works in wonderous ways.

Joan E. Wheeler

St. John’s

Geographic location: Assisi, Saint Francis

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Recent comments

  • yo mama
    August 18, 2013 - 09:58

    Brainwashed for 80 years....

  • Abdul Saieed
    August 14, 2013 - 11:57

    "When will the intolerance and criticism of Roman Catholic beliefs stop?" Yes, it must be very difficult to have your religion constantly under attack.

  • j
    August 14, 2013 - 10:12

    Sorry Joan, don't confuse us folk with no belief in organized religion with no belief in God. The last I checked the Christian faith does not have a monopoly on God. One can be a Theist without believing in religion.

  • carogers
    August 14, 2013 - 09:33

    Thank you Mrs. Wheeler for you thoughts on this issue you must see quite a different would out there today. Bless you.