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Letter to the Editor: Fresh air

— Fresh air

To the editor:

In response to the Associated Press article printed in the Faith section of The Dalles Chronicle, I would like to put a more positive spin on Pope Francis; recent interview in Rome.

The response of Fr. Levine of St. Peter Catholic Church was mostly accurate, but somewhat clinical and sterile in my view. Please look up the pope’s comments online and his complete interview. Very enlightening.

Pope Francis’ comments and insights are a breath of fresh air.

I find this new pope to be a humble, prayerful leader who has the courage to express his beliefs and convictions in a very profound, loving and caring manner. His leadership style is one of inclusiveness, simplicity, compassion and directness.

He clearly understands and easily articulates the core message of our Christian belief: The Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ that proclaims God’s love for all humanity, not just a select few. No one is exempt.

We should attempt to have respect, compassion and sensitivity to all persons. Pope Francis suggests that as a church we need to become less judgmental and more pastoral. He focuses on the poor, the marginal, the disenfranchised, the wounded pilgrim. He has walked and lived among them. These folks are also us, so we welcome his message of hope.

“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small minded rules,” he lamented. The pope also said the Catholic Church must be like a “field hospital after battle,” … healing the wounds of all.

Transparency and honesty is paramount. This pope does not just give complex theological explanations and interpretations of dogma and doctrine. He is very capable of that, but he chooses to speak the Language of the Layman, so that most of us can easily understand.

The language of love, the language of forgiveness, the language of encouragement and hope. Yes, the language of hope! We all understand that and can easily respond. These are Christ-like qualities.

We are waiting to hear more from this very humble and spiritual man.

Jo Anna Meligan, MTS

The Dalles

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