As a Parishioner at St. Catherine’s Church, I’m a little put off by the vitriol being used in the opinion section of the newspaper to publicly humiliate both our Bishop, Michael Barber, and Pastor, Father Anthony Le.
As a life-long Catholic, I, for one, would prefer to put the salvation of my soul in the hands of both Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland (and a Captain in the Naval Reserve), and Fr. Anthony Le (who has made it his priority to reestablish St. Catherine of Siena Church as GOD’S HOUSE in Martinez), rather than to a guy whose only claim to fame is trading municipal bonds and being an equity analyst.
Serendipitously, this past Monday, Nov.18th, the first reading was from Maccabees (1 MC 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63).
“Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the way of living
of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem
…. and abandoned the holy covenant.”
Hey . . . just sayin’!
– Dennis Koller