I was left perplexed by Ms. Amanda Browne’s opinion piece “To the church: What is the message”?
Although one cannot deny Ms. Browne her feelings, I would reassure her that the message she read and that of the church who created it is clear. The message is one of love, forgiveness and redemption. Quite simply, Jesus saves.
When a caring parent reminds their child that there will be consequences for their poor choices, are they doing this out of hate for their child, or out of love and concern?
Our priests are our spiritual fathers, with a singular focus of saving souls. They share the good news of God’s salvation, the dangers of straying from God’s message, and encouragement and forgiveness to those who desire to turn away from sin. Would we really expect anything less from those concerned about our welfare?
Martin M. Bednar, M.D., Ph.D.