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December 15, 2010

Writer’s defense of Catholic Church was right on

To the editor:

Kudos to Richard Giovanoni regarding the defense of what the Roman Catholic Church teaches (“Columnist doesn’t understand Catholic Church,” Thursday, Dec. 9, page A4).

Every priest in their seminary curriculum is required to take a course titled Apologetics (the discipline of defending the church). Giovanoni is right on when he suggests that the individual refer to the catechism of the Catholic Church for specific details on whatever topic is being discussed.

The magisterium is the teaching body of the church. It is the authority of the pope — and the bishops in union with him — to teach and uphold the revelation and tradition (the “deposit of faith”) of Christianity. Christ entrusted the deposit of faith with the church so that “it might protect the revealed truth reverently, examine it more closely, and proclaim and expound it faithfully.”

The Rev. Joseph L. Stahura
Greencastle, Pa.

Is America ready for a real terrorist threat?

To the editor:

On an almost weekly basis now, American news consumers are spoon-fed yet another story of a terrorist bomb plot “foiled” by an FBI sting operation.

Has anyone noticed the familiar pattern that’s emerging? Every case is roughly the same: The FBI recruits some mentally deficient, lone-wolf patsy, arms him with false intelligence and dud explosives, and then pounces on him at the last minute with grand declarations of success in the war on terror. Never mind that the bomb was incapable of ever actually detonating, and never mind that the culprit would have been unequipped to do anything but talk about blowing something up, had he not been supplied by the feds with what he thought were the tools to do it.

At what point, I wonder, is the FBI going to foil an actual self-contained and independently orchestrated terrorist act that they themselves didn’t create? Or could it be that they’re having trouble finding one? And could it be that the federal government needs to do something — anything — to convince American taxpayers that they should continue spending $1.5 trillion a year on national “security.” And when, I wonder, is our so-called free press going to start asking these questions?
I don’t know whether Georg Hegel would have been proud of or appalled at the blatant and routine application of his dialectic — create a threat, generate fear, offer a solution to the threat — by those who govern 21st-century America.
Regan Straley
Mercersburg, Pa.

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