I take strong objection to Peter Jackson’s Feb. 27 column “New Pope unlikely to rock boat.” This tripe is the height of ignorance.
Jackson starts his column with a blatant attack on the eucharist, calling it mere superstition and magic.
When a priest consecrates bread and wine, it becomes the actual body and blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord.
This belief is as current and true as at the Last Supper: “Then He took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of Me.’” (Luke 22:19).
This is prefigured when Jesus taught: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51).
Note the definitive language placing the eucharist far above mere symbolic ritual.
It, or rather He, is the source and summit of Catholicism and is most sacred.
It is quite odd for The Telegram to publish a column written by a staff member attacking the sacred heart of Catholicism.
I am sure The Telegram would not even think about printing a tasteless editorial cartoon of Muhammad or an explicitly anti-Semitic column.
The Telegram should treat all faiths with respect. However, it seems to turn a blind eye to anti-Catholicism.
Jackson then goes on to rant about how the Catholic Church is an institution constantly saying “no.” In reality, the Catholic Church is a “yes” organization. “Yes” to Jesus. “Yes” to biblical teaching. “Yes” to authenticity. “Yes” to salvation.
The mere fact the Catholic Church has thrived 2,013 years is a testimony to the steady “Yes, Lord” of the Catholic faith and the ever-constant rock of God’s love in a turbulent world.
Those not in full communion with the Catholic Church are constantly saying “no.”
They, like Jackson, calling for reforms to the Catholic faith have two major flaws.
The first being that they are driven mostly by the liberal American political agenda trying to impose itself on a Church whose membership represents one-sixth of the world’s population.
The second is that they confuse good and evil.
If the church represents God and the fallen world represents sin, ought the moral standards of the world be raised rather than those of the church compromised?
The Catholic Church, with the fullness of grace and faith, was founded by Jesus, who appointed Saint Peter as the first Pope when He declared: “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).
I trust that Holy Spirit will elect Peter’s next successor who will pastorally serve the church with all the love expected of a shepherd, despite what any radical commentator may say in ignorance.
Patrick Hanlon writes from St. John’s.