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Letters to the Editor

Session praised

May 6, 2008

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To the editor:

Lawrence is rich in history and, as evidenced in the recent past, the people of Lawrence love to celebrate historical events. Only a few people are aware of something that took place April 26 in downtown Lawrence. The first lay synod of the Roman Catholic Church ever held in Kansas was convened.

Synods are usually gatherings of bishops, and the organizers of the first lay synod held in southern Illinois in 2002 were very deliberate in choosing to put those two words together. The purpose of the lay synod was to study sections of canon law that outline the rights, duties and obligations of the laity.

When the lay synod was first announced, I was interested in participating but didn't register. However, a statement in an article in the Lawrence Journal-World that the Archbishop prohibited pastors from publicizing the event in parish bulletins finalized my decision to attend. About 80 Catholics from northeast Kansas and the Kansas City area made up the group. The presenters were Sister Kate Kuenstler, a canon lawyer, and Lena Woltering, an activist in church reform and social justice.

Will this event and the other lay synods being held around the United States have an impact on the future? Only time will tell.

Pat Lechtenberg,

Lawrence

Comments

pusscanthropus 6 years, 5 months ago

"However, a statement in an article in the Lawrence Journal-World that the Archbishop prohibited pastors from publicizing the event in parish bulletins finalized my decision to attend." Why? Because you wanted to defy the Archbishop?As a recovering ex-Catholic, I cannot understand why church members who are so excluded from the rites and rituals, the decision-making, and other types of church participation don't just join another church. Why not become Episcopalian where women are considered spiritual equals? Why do you want to "change" a church who has, for centuries, taught that women are second class citizens and their only value is childbearing. I don't get it.

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