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Catholic News Herald

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Letters From Our Readers


Dr. Janice Ritter: Excitement as a new school year begins

ritterAs the first day of school approaches, the excitement of a new school year is already evident in so many ways!

Dr. Kamila Valenta: Foreign aid saves lives, builds peace

valentaThree months ago, the United States Congress quashed a presidential proposal to cut the amount of foreign aid America gives to developing countries by more than 30 percent.

Fred Gallagher: Out of the body politic

gallagher fredPolitically, I tend more and more to adhere to the famous statement of one-time Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, who said, “All politics is local politics.”

Sister Constance Veit: Let’s encourage the elders in our church

veitI recently participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of this large, unprecedented encounter between U.S. bishops and laity was to study what Pope Francis has termed the “new peripheries” and to form missionary disciples.

The sixth and final apparition in Fatima

In the previous apparitions, Our Lady promised the children that the last time she would appear in Fatima, on Oct. 13, 1917, she would effect a miracle. She promised to do so because Lucía asked for a sign that everyone would see and believe.

Deacon James H. Toner: Exodus 20:16

tonerWhat we think is the right road
Everybody knows that:

1. The Catholic Church invented and perpetuates anti-Semitism.

2. The Catholic Church has suppressed scriptures (such as the “Secret Gospel of Thomas”) which authoritatively contradict Church teaching.

3. The Catholic Church persecuted the pagans.

4. The Catholic Church developed the Dark Ages, perpetuating ignorance, superstition and hatred of learning.

5. The Crusades are an example of Catholic “imperialism” and attacks on innocent Muslims.


Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at  parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte: