The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 22, 2013

Readers' Forum 10/22 | Begin closure at Bishop McCort

JOHNSTOWN — My heart goes out to all of the victims of coward Brother Stephen Baker who took his life the easy way out. I am sickened that we are still seeing our wonderful Bishop McCort Catholic High School every time you pick up the paper or turn on the news.

Shouldn't these victims have some privacy? Shouldn’t our wonderful staff, students, alumni and everyone in the community strive to move on? I speak for many. We love are school and pray for the victims but somewhere, somehow closure has to begin.

I pray every day that this will soon be over for all of us. I love and support McCort always. Crusher Pride, two words that go a long way.

DeAnna Distefano


Preach on all sin, not just certain ones

Thirteen years ago, I returned to the Roman Catholic church after a regrettably long hiatus. What I’ve found there since then is very good, such as Eucharistic adoration, confession, the Mass and many holy and committed people, but what I’ve failed to hear from the pulpit, for the most part are words such as adultery, abortion, contraception, cohabitation, fornication, sodomy, homosexuality, pornography, masturbation, drug use, divorce and remarriage. These sins can lead a person to hell and should be addressed by our leaders. They should explain what their alternatives are as proposed by the church. Most priests around here, as far as I can tell, fail to address these sins at the pulpit for reasons I do not know.

The church teaches these things are wrong and why and offers a path away from these evils to eternal life, but we hear almost nothing about them while many die. It’s time to not be afraid to offend those who engage in these things and work on saving their souls instead by lovingly preaching the whole truth to them.

If you’re a liberal priest or bishop who fears man rather than God then it might be time to retire and give room to a new crop of priests willing to tell the whole truth and put their lives, approval, money, status and power on the line. It’s time to drive the money changers from the temple and preach all of the truth we so desperately need to hear.

Karl Komara


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