I read with interest Barb Sweet’s article on the above topic. (“Question of Faith” Aug. 10 Weekend Telegram.
Terry Loder, I have to wonder why the sight of religious icons/artifacts at St. Clare’s bothered you so much that you felt it necessary to start a campaign to have them removed.
You mentioned speaking to an elderly lady from rural Newfoundland who felt “uncomfortable” with these icons but nowhere else in the whole article did you once refer to that lady again.
You didn’t say what, if anything specific, the lady said. Maybe you were the one who actually made a comment to her. At any rate, did you really then take it upon yourself to actually take the time to go around St. Clare’s and count how many icons there were?
I am a practising Roman Catholic and have been a patient at St. Clare’s on a couple of occasions over the last 40 years, Mr. Loder, and I have never once heard a negative comment from anybody upset with seeing religious icons there.
Seems to be, sir, that you are part of a very tiny group of people (such as the parent who complained to the Eastern school board about the cross on St. Matthew’s School) who need to do something more productive with their lives than sweating the small stuff.
You can always choose not to visit St. Clare’s at all. The parent who complained about the cross on the school at St. Matthew’s can always send his/her child elsewhere.
We all have choices, Mr. Loder. You have your beliefs; I have mine. There are things offensive to everyone at some point in their lives but they certainly don’t go around starting campaigns on every little minor detail.