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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.


I disagree with JoAnne Bosnich, who wrote the letter “Catholicism is the way” (May 15). I left the Catholic Church for a variety of reasons, from obligation to worship to requiring confession of sins to a priest. Most disturbing was the church's failure to stand up to evil during World War II and its cases of pedophilia.

Ms. Bosnich defends the worshipping of Mary. She should read the Bible — God does not direct us to pray to Mary or to saints. God tore the temple curtain from top to bottom, giving believers direct access to God. No priest, no saint, no Mary required — just Jesus.

She claims that Mary leads us to Jesus. This is not scripturally sound and is actually heresy. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us to Jesus, as clearly shown in John 6:44 — Jesus instructed the apostles to wait in Jerusalem, not for Mary but for the Holy Spirit. Why? Because a sinful man apart from God can do nothing.

To say I must trust the Catholic Church and pope if I believe in the inerrancy of Scripture is heresy too. No man, the pope included, is infallible as Catholics believe. My trust alone is in Jesus Christ. Why? If I trust in man, I trust in a sinner.

Paul Olijar


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