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Opinion: Religion

Friday 08/21/2015
Religion letter: Time for California to call the rainmaker

Editor: Parable: There was a great drought. For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers and the Chinese burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of drought, but with no result.

Posted: August 21, 2015
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Religion letter: Communism is a separation from God

Editor: As the Cross has “2” “witnesses,” true justice and mercy, so does Communism: 1) Total governmental control which, in turn, demands 2) Total atheism — removal of Divine worship.

Posted: August 21, 2015
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Friday 07/24/2015
Religion Letter: Sen. McCarthy was a true hero

Editor: We honor a severe adulterer with an American holiday; yet we crucify a true hero who simply tried to tell the Truth, Sen. Joseph Raymond McCarthy.

Posted: July 24, 2015
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Friday 07/03/2015
Religion Letter: Thank you, Rachel Maddow

On Ms Maddow’s show, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” following President Obama’s eulogy, Ms. Maddow made a heart felt plea to her viewers to stayed tuned. Ms. Maddow was clearly moved. In her set up for the tape Ms. Maddow summarized recent historic decisions by the Supreme Court. Ms. Maddow introduce the tape of the President’s eulogy with the title “Amazing Grace.”

Posted: July 03, 2015
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Friday 06/19/2015
Letter: Climate change and the Catholic Church

When I learned that Pope Francis was preparing a Papal encyclical on the topic of our endangered environment worldwide, I was encouraged that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, a man who has the ability to influence more than 1.2 billion Catholics, was taking a stand on the importance of this subject. An encyclical, in the modern sense, is a “brief” that deals with significant issues within the faith.

Posted: June 19, 2015
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Friday 06/12/2015
Letter: Man will not come to Christ, the Holy Spirit leads him there

Let us see how God works by His Spirit in our hearts to bring us to Christ and translate us from the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of Satan, into the kingdom of Christ, thereby making us spiritual children of Abraham, the true Israel of God.

Posted: June 12, 2015
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Letter: Humans are not descended from animals

The headline from an article in the Los Angeles Times claimed “Evidence of first known murder — 430,000 years ago” — a date, of course picked out of thin air. The article was printed in the Lodi News-Sentinel on May 29, 2015.

Posted: June 12, 2015
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Friday 06/05/2015
Letter: A traditional Catholic perspective on marriage

What is marriage? So-called modern Christianity will tell you that it is simply the union between a man and woman (essentially natural law). But if you truly understand the Traditional Catholic perspective, it is much narrower. It is a Sacrament instituted by Christ to give Grace.

Posted: June 05, 2015
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Letter: Israel belongs to the Jews

It is written that God made a covenant with Abram (Abraham) and gave him and his progent, the Jewish people, the “Promised Land,” or “Holy Land”... the “Land of Milk and Honey,” Israel. It is recorded in the Scriptures this land grant stretched from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Posted: June 05, 2015
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Friday 05/15/2015
Letter: The victory of grace over sin

Grace triumphant!

Posted: May 15, 2015
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Friday 05/08/2015
Letter: Truth has become intolerance

The Lodi News-Sentinel headline of May 1 asked an interesting question, “When does a word become a slur?” The definition of the word slur: to stain, smear, smirch or sully, to blur or blot, to disparage or discredit, reproach or stigmatize, to cast aspersions on, anything harmful or intended to be harmful to a person’s reputation. The answer to the question, of course, is words become slurs when we want them to be.

Posted: May 08, 2015
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Letter: San Francisco Bishop should stand firm

Being critical of San Francisco’s Bishop for effusing overconfidence in a wayward Supreme Court, it is only fair to now praise him and Father Joseph Illo for following Traditional Catholic teaching.

Posted: May 08, 2015
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Saturday 04/18/2015
American churches need a revival of the Holy Spirit

There have been some issues in the news recently that are very telling. First, our President, who just can’t get himself to say the words “Islamic terrorist,” has absolutely no problem bashing Christians whenever he gets a chance. Additionally, he is bent on making an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program without any regard for Israel. Finally, the major outcry over Indiana’s RFRA law is startling considering twenty nine states already have RFRA laws or RFRA protections, and the Federal Government passed a RFRA law in 1993 (sponsored by liberal Democrat Charles Shumer and signed into law by President Clinton).

Posted: April 18, 2015
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Acknowledge sin before achieving salvation

Terrible indeed was the condition and action of this criminal. On the very brink of eternity he unites with the enemy of Christ in the awful sin of mocking Him.

Posted: April 18, 2015
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Support human life at the Walk for Life event

Everyone in San Joaquin County and surrounding area who appreciates the sanctity of life needs to come out to the Walk for Life in Lodi on Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. at Hutchins Street Square in Downtown. The Walk for Life in Lodi helps to support the Pregnancy Resource Center of Lodi, which is completely dependent upon private donations.

Posted: April 18, 2015
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Friday 04/03/2015
Letter: Easter is a beginning

Easter is like a sports season in reverse.

Posted: April 03, 2015
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Letter: Much to celebrate in spring

Springtime is the hopeful season of life and love... of open windows and open hearts. It is fitting we celebrate the Resurrection and Passover at this lovely and vibrant time of year. There is so much to be grateful for and to understand.

Posted: April 03, 2015
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Saturday 03/28/2015
Government greed and betrayal

Immigrants from Communist countries understand that U.S. citizens are being betrayed by their own government. They saw it before. Democrats and Republicans? Or collusion?

Posted: March 28, 2015
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Friday 03/20/2015
The prison of non-belief

Our Lord Jesus said this to some unbelieving Jews: “If ye continue in my word, than are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, we be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be made free?”

Posted: March 20, 2015
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Friday 03/13/2015
Letter: Middle East conflict has historical, religious basis

Having studied ancient history for the past 40 years, I have a good understanding of the conflict in the Middle East. Most people know that Islam and Judaism are in direct opposition to each other which can be traced back in history and the Bible to about 1500 B.C. The Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son, Isaac, and the Arabs are the descendants of Ismael, also a son of Abraham.

Posted: March 13, 2015
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