Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 17, 2013

READERS'S POINT OF VIEW: Recent ‘Pastor’s Pen’ off the mark

It is impossible to provide a thorough scriptural response to a recent “Pastors Pen’s” article (“Purgatory and indulgences contrary to God’s word,” The Goshen News, Aug. 10) condemning and distorting Catholic Church doctrine due to limited editorial space.

In the column, Rev. Andrew Wollman states: “ask to be shown where purgatory is taught not by the Church, but by God in Scripture.” But where is the word “Trinity” in the Bible? “Rapture?” Where does it say in Scripture which Gospel books or Epistles are to be included in the Bible?

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church organized and canonized the books of the New Testament in 393 AD at the council of Hippo. The Church composed the doctrine of the Trinity at the Fourth Lateran Council. There has been an unbroken line of Catholic bishops faithfully handing on what Jesus and the apostles taught the first Christians. ... That’s more than 2000 years.

We believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the sacrificial nature of the Mass, baptismal regeneration, Mary’s special role and the existence of purgatory. For the record, the Catholic Church teaches salvation by grace, not by works, and not through indulgences as Rev. Wollman stated. Catholic Christians believe Christ alone atoned for our sins though the shedding of his blood. That’s exactly what Catholics call to mind every time we celebrate Mass ... every day ... every hour ... worldwide.

The Catholic Church is currently spearheading the battle to defend the unborn and protect religious freedom in this country. We need to unite as fellow Christians, not create dissension with inaccurate claims on Catholic teaching(s). The doctrine of purgatory can be justified in Scripture found in both the Old and New Testament. Purgatory is simply a “purging” of our inclination or “appetite” for sin as through fire. The eternal penalty and guilt for sin was removed by Christ. We must be purified in order to stand in the presence of God.

In Matthew 16:18-19 Christ gave Peter authority over the Church on earth and said: “So I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Then Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, a symbol of his authority to rule the Church on earth in Jesus’ absence (as in Isaiah 22:20-24). Christ, the Good Shepherd, called Peter to be the Chief Shepherd of his Church (John 21:15–17). Rev. Wollman has a right to his opinion, but it is disingenuous to attack Catholicism without offering authentic Catholic teaching.

In John 17:20-24 Jesus prays for unity among the sheep. For 1,500-plus years we were One Holy, Catholic (Universal), Apostolic Church. Recent estimates project there are now more than 40,000 different Protestant denominations following the 1517 AD Protestant Reformation.

In closing, I will quote The Rev. Bishop Sheen who once said: “There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.”  

George Fattal and his wife, Dawn, live in Goshen. They are in charge of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at St. John’s Catholic Church in Goshen and meet weekly with people interested in learning about Catholicism.

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • GN140723 David Kolbe mug READER POINT OF VIEW: A bridge to the common good I am a candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives, District 22. I take this opportunity to offer a vision for a better political course in our state, and our nation.Polarization and partisanship have overtaken politics. It is not only evident

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pence not supporting Ritz We don’t envy the box Gov. Mike Pence has put himself in. Less than a year ago, he personally voiced a “willingness” to work with Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, acknowledging again the desire of a majority of Hoosier voters to see

    July 20, 2014

  • Time for a change in soccer Time for a change in soccerIn 1978, as an attempt was being made to establish professional soccer in the United States, I had a letter in Sports Illustrated saying soccer’s biggest downside was its lack of scoring.In that letter I also said there was

    July 19, 2014

  • Chaos defines the State Board of Education It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under forme

    July 18, 2014

  • LETTERS FOR JULY 12, 2014: There’s only one aspect of marriage There’s only one aspect of marriageIt saddens me when many so-called Christians interpret the word of God incorrectly by using their own reasoning without seeking the Holy Spirit’s true word given to us according to John 14:16,17 and 26. And it bothe

    July 12, 2014

  • OPN GN140613 Coats_Dan_Senator OFFICIAL POINT OF VIEW: Stand for religious freedom The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that marked an important development in the ongoing national debate on religious freedom.In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the contraception coverage mandate, imposed by the Obama Administration under

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS FOR JULY 10, 2014: Obama is no honest Abe Obama is no honest AbeIn regard to Charles Mumaw’s letter to the editor (The Goshen News, July 3), lets see, what did the president say about Obamacare?1. “If you like your insurance you can keep it,” and2. “If you like your doctor you can keep him.”

    July 10, 2014

  • LETTERS FOR JULY 9, 2014: Columnist’s arguments don’t hold water Columnist’s arguments don’t hold waterI question the reasoning of Denise Fedorow in her recent column (The Goshen News, July 5). First, her sweeping generalization that “those of us who are Christian … believe it” (that “God established marriage and

    July 9, 2014

  • Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller phot POINT OF VIEW: Indiana attorney general obligated to defend state law Recent federal court actions that first struck down Indiana’s statute limiting marriage to the traditional definition, and then stayed that order pending appeal, have left many in our state in legal limbo. As the attorney who represents state governm

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS FOR JULY 3, 2014: Don’t besmirch a person’s good reputation Don’t besmirch a person’s good reputationI’m writing in response to the recent article about the atheist who had a problem with the Middlebury schools administration regarding the way he was treated (The Goshen News, June 15). The reason I noted this

    July 3, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results