Will there be a schism in the Catholic Church?

To the editor: Catholics will observe the pope, as a result of it’s apparent to most of us that Francis is a holy man who follows Christ. He preaches the essential tenets of Christianity, that are to like God and our neighbor, even the “least” amongst us. (“Who will Catholics observe? Pope Francis or the right-wing U.S. bishops?” Opinion, Could 15)

As for legal guidelines that battle with Christian values, working towards Christians take steering from Jesus, who recommended, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.”

And sure, there probably might be a schism: The fitting-wing individuals will kind a church the place they’ll keep strict adherence to the foundations of their new faith whereas ignoring the spirit. They’ll probably embrace Latin, lace vestments and vaccine denial, whereas ignoring the struggling of the poor, the victims of gun violence and the marginalized.

Linda Mele Johnson, Lengthy Seashore


To the editor: Canon legislation within the Catholic Church states that “individuals obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are to not be admitted to holy communion.” A politician enabling abortion commits a grave sin.

This can be a dogma of the church that even the pope is powerless to alter. Even Pope Francis has in contrast abortion to hiring a hitman to commit homicide. Jesus Christ himself mentioned {that a} public sinner who refuses to repent is to be excommunicated.

I’m sick and uninterested in being lectured by individuals blind to my religion and what my faith teaches on how I ought to follow it.

Matthew Boswell, Archer, Fla.


To the editor: I imagine, you imagine, they imagine — believing doesn’t make it so. Individuals believed the Earth was flat.

Individuals of all faiths believed, and the place is it left us? At one another’s throats.

Organized faith? Spare me. Strive kindness and acceptance with no vengeful gods hovering.

Therese H.E. Whitney, Sherman Oaks