Chaput 'throws stones at gays'

Regarding Archbishop Charles Chaput's directive that members of same-sex couples should "not hold positions of responsibility in a parish, nor should they carry out any liturgical ministry or function" ("Chaput order a great wrong for church, people," Thursday), I offer some quotes from Pope Francis:

"If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?"

"When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, 'Go away because you are homosexual.' "

"A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws . . . as if they were stones to throw at people's lives . . . ."

Chaput's directive throws stones at gays. It's getting hard to accept that the pope and the archbishop reflect the same religion. Chaput has been preoccupied with finances since he came here. Perhaps it's time that the collection basket is used to evaluate his ministry.

|Pete McLoone, Glenside, pjmcl4@aol.com

Conversion is in the person

"Conversion" usually signifies an embrace of or a return to embracing and practicing what the Catholic Church teaches. Conversion involves becoming a "new person." The "newness" is in the person, not in the teachings of the church. The Catholic Church continues to teach what it has always taught from the very beginning of its founding.

Commentary writer William di Canzio said, "I returned to a church much different from the one I'd known as a kid." If he means that the teachings of the church have changed, he has been misled.

Using his talents for the church does not excuse him from living a life consistent with the teachings of the church.

He apparently sees the contradiction of priests who purport to live and believe in the Catholic Church but sexually abuse children. He does not seem to see the contradiction in his own life, when he purports to live and believe in the Catholic Church but enters into an immoral relationship.

The church's requiring members to practice what the church has always believed is a rightful call to authentic living.

|Rev. Henry J. Hutchins, Galloway

Archbishop following teachings

As a devout Roman Catholic, I read with dismay the commentary by William di Canzio on the directive by Archbishop Charles Chaput that forbids members of same-sex couples from participating in church ministry.

I have known Norbertine Abbott Richard Antonucci for years, and he is a humble and compassionate priest The fact that he took the time to explain things personally and respectfully to di Canzio speaks to his priestly charity.

I must also defend the archbishop, who cannot ignore or dilute the Church's teachings regarding same-sex unions. (I also know a devout Catholic priest who voluntarily left ministry, but not his faith, because his relationship with another man would have caused "moral confusion.")

I pray that di Canzio and his spouse understand that they can still participate fully in liturgy as worshippers. There is no "great wrong" where the archbishop is concerned - only authenticity.

|Gloria C. Endres, Philadelphia, sisglo@aol.com

A welcoming spiritual home

The Sunday before the 2016 presidential election, the pastor of the Roman Catholic church my wife and I had been attending for more than 25 years instructed those in attendance to vote for the only candidate who was antiabortion. While the pastor said he was expressing his feelings with his own words, I am convinced they really belonged to Archbishop Charles Chaput. Members of other parishes told me they were given the same message.

Feeling there was no place for us in the Roman Catholic Church, we embarked on a church search. We attended services of other Christian faiths but missed the Catholic Mass. Then we attended Mass at St. Miriam Pro Cathedral parish and friary in Flourtown and might have found a spiritual home.

St. Miriam is a Franciscan, Old Catholic Church that is not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. When the pastor says, "All are welcome," he truly means it; no one will ever be turned away.

For anyone looking for a new place to worship, go to www.mySaintMiriam.org.

|Lewis Salotti, Glenside