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Letter to the Editor regarding terrorist invasion of St. Joseph Cathedral

Photo: Mark Wolf sidewalk counseling outside an abortion clinic

Written by Mark Wolf:

To the Editors:

Two unusual yet similar things occurred this month. One was in Washington, D.C., the other in Columbus, Ohio.

On January 6, a group of terrorists invaded the “sacred temple of democracy”, the U.S. Capitol Building. People were killed and property was damaged as a result of their actions.

On January 22, a group of terrorists invaded the sacred house of God, St. Joseph Cathedral, in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Mothers holding their young children were pushed and shoved. Property was thrown on the floor. As the Mass resumed, the quiet sobbing of children could be heard in the Church. Several terrorized children don’t want to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass now because of what was done to them by the terrorists.

How did the Columbus Dispatch cover these similar stories?

The headline of the Dispatch story called the Respect Life Mass the ‘Anti-Abortion Rights Mass.’ Such a way to profane the Mass!

The people who committed violence in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. were rightly called terrorists. The people who committed violence in St. Joseph Cathedral during the Mass were described as ‘reproductive freedom activists.’ Perhaps the Dispatch would want to go back to their stories about January 6 and use the term ‘voting freedom activists'? Terrorists are terrorists.

Words mean things. It appears to me that the Dispatch allowed the terrorists that invaded the Cathedral Friday to write the story that was published by the Dispatch. Such one-sided coverage only supports an agenda. It does not convey facts.
JEREMY WITTE
Part of the problem facing the catholic church regarding pushing for prolife advancements, are by in large, the treatment of many non Catholics as enemies and threats.
In my early years doing outreach in Ohio, I would be warned against catholics by protestants.
Meanwhile, catholics were trying to convert me and often belittling protestants.

I on the other hand liked people in both camps.
If I …More
Part of the problem facing the catholic church regarding pushing for prolife advancements, are by in large, the treatment of many non Catholics as enemies and threats.
In my early years doing outreach in Ohio, I would be warned against catholics by protestants.
Meanwhile, catholics were trying to convert me and often belittling protestants.

I on the other hand liked people in both camps.
If I like you or appreciate you, you'll definitely know it.
Ultimately, the catholic groups managed to intimidate the protestants who came with their truth truck away from the abortion facility people were outreaching in.
Yet a few years later, I noticed some catholics were doing a similar thing by driving a created equal truck.
Nothing wrong with that.
Just find it funny that a few years back, the same people frowned on this approach.
Lastly, it should be noted that in pressuring non Catholics to be like them or go away, they're missing some allies who will openly support their right to worship free without outside intimidating mobs rushing in to terrify them.
While I feel bad about the attack on the parish, this is the classic case of 'Then they came for me, and there was none to speak up for me.'
Jungerheld
I personally have never experienced non-Catholics being treated as enemies. I have never experienced women seeking abortions as enemies. (The sellers of abortion - different story.) Jesus is the Truth, and having the Truth matters, just as not having the truth matters. If I try to win over a non-Catholic to the Catholic faith, I would not be belittling them or bringing an enemy over to the …More
I personally have never experienced non-Catholics being treated as enemies. I have never experienced women seeking abortions as enemies. (The sellers of abortion - different story.) Jesus is the Truth, and having the Truth matters, just as not having the truth matters. If I try to win over a non-Catholic to the Catholic faith, I would not be belittling them or bringing an enemy over to the allies. I would be giving them the choice to seek Eternal life with God. I'd like to chat more. Would you send me a private message, @JEREMY WITTE?
JEREMY WITTE
No problem. My day off is March 2nd.
I'll touch base then.
It's time to build bridges.
I could have been ugly and named people and organizations but, why?
That's not going to help anybody.
JEREMY WITTE
I messaged you. Are you there?