To the editor:
I am writing in response to some negative comments in regard to our new Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. To say I am appalled at some of these comments would be a vast understatement. I find it hard to accept that any person could call themselves a Christian after making a comment like this: “Well, the one good thing is that he’s old and won’t be around long. Then we’ll have another chance.”
Are we so arrogant that we believe we could have made a better choice than over 100 Cardinals who were being guided by the Holy Spirit? The Pope’s duty is to uphold the values given to us by Jesus Christ, who taught us with love to do the right thing.
I suggest people reread the story of the woman caught in adultery, in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8. That story ends with Jesus telling the woman, “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
The Scripture does not end with: “Neither do I condemn you, go do whatever feels right to you.”
I am overjoyed with our new Pope — I believe he will serve his God and his Church with a humble spirit and with love, and will uphold the standards set for us not by our present-day society, but by our Savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you, Pope Benedict XVI.
Dawn Marie Chmiel