Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Harvest of the Laity

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Harvest of the Laity

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* I write to commend you on several interesting, enlightening and inspiring articles in your Aug. 1 issue. Specifically, Michael Shields' Viewpoint article, "Double standard in public life hurts Catholic credibility," in which he states, "God gives every person the wonderful gift of free will and for conservative Catholics to claim that liberal Catholics are not Catholics based on a single issue of abortion is both shortsighted and hypocritical."

Also inspiring in this same issue were the many excellent letters from Catholic lay people and clergy, notably, Ron Zeilinger of Milwaukee ("I firmly believe that a vocation is a grace given by the Spirit ... in order to build a completely different church than we have known heretofore") and Fr. Kenneth Smits, OFM Cap, Madison, Wis. ("The gifts of God need to be adequately recognized and employed in the governance of the church. In this time of disaster, I believe it will be the laity who save the church, not the bishops or priests. …

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