Magazine article Commonweal

Infallibility, Race & Representation, a Messy Faith

Magazine article Commonweal

Infallibility, Race & Representation, a Messy Faith

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TO ERR IS HUMAN

Regarding "It's Nothing Personal" (February 12): My academic credentials come nowhere near my longtime friend George Wilson's; however, I can't allow that to keep me from saying that I find incredible the very concept of church infallibility, whether personal or institutional.

I cannot, for example, accept as fact the "immaculate conception" of the mother of Jesus, not when it is in reality a myth built upon a more ancient myth. I see no way around that conundrum: take away the Adam and Eve story and all its impossible ramifications, and how can we then speak about the universal transmission of an "original sin" of two mythical persons and the privilege of immunity or exception granted to Mary?

It seems to me that the church is as fallible as it is human--always has been and always will be--and that it is time for us to be done with such claims. The Divine Spirit, in and around all of us, will get us through our misunderstandings and mistakes, and that seems more than sufficient to me.

REV. RICHARD G. RENTO, STL Lavallette, N.J.

PRAISE FOR OUR PRESIDENT

This is in response to Mollie Wilson O'Reilly's column ("Obama the Other," February 26). As a Caucasian I've been well aware over the years of how African Americans have been viewed by others of my race. Fifty-odd years ago I sat in a day room and watched television with blacks and whites in my military unit; cowboys, Indians, and various fictional families entertained us with their antics and adventures. …

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