November 17, 2023

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Reader: Gospels have appropriate examples of Catholic contempt

In its July 14, 2023, issue, The Criterion published an editorial with the headline, “Contempt is not Catholic.” Since that editorial was published, many of the Sunday Gospel readings have had examples of appropriate Catholic contempt.

The Nov. 3, 2023, issue of The Criterion published an editorial whose headline read, “Peace on Earth.”

In the last paragraph, the editorial states, “May the Prince of Peace who sacrificed his whole life to bring justice, mercy and compassion to our world, show us the way to achieve lasting peace on Earth.”

There is no doubt Jesus possessed the qualities of justice, mercy and compassion. But for the sake of accuracy, in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus clearly states, among other things, “I have come to bring not peace but the sword” (Mt 10:34).

I urge the staff of The Criterion to read the “Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.” It can be found in a foreword of The New American Bible (St. Joseph Edition) beginning on page 11.

Accuracy is an important part of teaching.

- Emery Mapes | Lawrenceburg

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