Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

It's Up to Us

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

It's Up to Us

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I cannot thank you adequately for your forceful and forthright editorial "The idolatry of US military might" (NCR, Nov. 21-Dec. 4). Each of us in some sense is a participant in the scandals of our church and of our country.

In each case, it is not up to our leaders, but up to us, the people of the U.S. We are the church in the best sense of the word.

It is up to us to live the "preferential option for the poor." A church whose heart is for the poor would be irresistible, attractive to all, a dynamic force for change. It is the only thing that can bring down the idolatry We need to find and nurture that heart and be that heart. This is not the time to leave the church, but to be the church.

LORETTA SCHMITZ Oakland, Calif.

Thank you for two powerful editorials in the Nov. 21-Dec. 4 issue of NCR. Why are the U.S. bishops not confronting or at least questioning "the idolatry of U. …

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