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New translation of Mass promotes fitting dignity

Catholics who love the church should be appalled and upset over the Rev. Paul Seil's Dec. 11 My View. I certainly was.

In 2001 the Vatican office in charge of worship issued the directive "Liturgiam Authenticam," which required translations closer to the Latin. After 10 years of study, prayer and debate by the bishops, a final resolution with the Holy See has been reached.

The new translation of the Roman Missal restores clarity of meaning to the words of Scripture. It is also reflective of the original Latin, which is elevated in tone, and promotes fitting dignity in our address to the Lord. For the past 1,500 years we have come to rely on St. Jerome, a fourth century scholar who spent his life studying the ancient languages of Scripture and translating them into the language spoken by the people of the time, Latin. The result was the Latin Vulgate, which the church depends upon for accuracy and to prevent contemporary agendas and revisionists from contaminating the words of the liturgy.

Theologians could argue till the cows come home over theological nuances. This is fine when they do so among themselves in a scholarly setting. But placing doubts in the minds of the faithful about the words spoken by Christ at the institution of the Eucharist should not be the subject of public dispute, especially by a priest pastor. Let's quit the belly-aching.

William A. Kearney

Lake View

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Skip meaningless changes, focus on important issues

Though I have reluctantly accepted the new Catholic Church's changing of words in Mass prayers, I find it impossible not to comment on this subject. To me, the word differences are meaningless and change nothing. All prayers still say the same thing, yet use some alternate verbiage. The reasoning by the Vatican is ludicrous. These changes will only alienate current, active church attendees.

In the Dec. 17 News, I read yet another story about child abuse by Catholic clergy. This time in the Netherlands. This disgusting practice has been going on for many decades, and the only response from the Catholic Church is an apology to the victims from the archbishop in that area.

My opinion is that the Vatican should abandon the prayer wording changes, and put all its focus on eradicating the rampant child abuse perpetrated by its clergy. I am not embarrassed to be Catholic, but I am embarrassed and disgusted by the lack of response or action by the pope and the Vatican. I pray for all the victims, and that the pope takes action and does the right thing.

David Bystrak

West Seneca

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Buffalo should begin developing port now

If one accepts scientific data on global warming and agrees that rising sea level is inevitable, then one must assume that the future of marine coastal ports is jeopardized. Whether effects are stretched over many years or happen as quickly as more pessimistic analysts forecast, the prognosis indicates that the viability of ports will be poor to mostly unusable. Even immediate moves to provide continuing service will have to take into account a possible sea level rise of 20 feet. This would make decision-making over provision of new ports on coasts and tidal rivers an almost impossible task.

There is, however, a strong argument for using already established port areas on the Great Lakes for most international maritime trade. Buffalo already possesses the framework for docking facilities, warehousing and land availability for large-scale expansion. Development of the Buffalo port would be a much cheaper alternative than extensive modification of existing coastal ports and construction of completely new ports when eventual sea levels are still an unknown quantity.

Joined with Buffalo's unique positioning on the Great Lakes, with access to the Welland Canal, there is convenient road connection to the contiguous states as well as into Canada. With rail improvement in all directions, too, Buffalo is ideally placed to be a major port once more.

Serious consideration by the city fathers should be directed toward this possible future scenario. There is no doubt that coastal regions and businesses will be the greatest losers and that alternative remedies will be found. We must let Buffalo be the number one port taking advantage of the shift in business placement. It may be sooner than we think.

Brian Pawley

Williamsville

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Time Warner Cable isn't fooling viewers

Wow! So Time Warner is upset with MSG for trying to gouge it for service? Really? How can Time Warner say this with a straight face? It doesn't want to pay for a station (FUSE) that nobody watches. Gee, I have to pay a lot for many stations I don't want. But when the shoe is on the other foot, well, it's not right.

With all the increases Time Warner has had just this past year, it has a lot of nerve not negotiating to keep MSG. It only has us because, as usual, in certain parts of the City of Buffalo we have nowhere else to go. If FiOS was available, at least we would have some leverage. Until then, we have to keep dishing out a few dollars here and there, but they add up very quickly.

Isn't it funny when millionaires fight with each other about who's being unfair to whom? Or maybe it's just disgusting.

Grace Tomasulo

Buffalo

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Dog's memorial service was really over the top

I love animals as much as anyone, and I have always had a dog or a cat as a pet. Inevitably over the years these much-cared-for companions have died. As much as I loved these faithful friends, I did not feel it was necessary to hold a memorial service with media representatives and clergy present. I did not find it necessary to have a procession led by bagpipes or a eulogy for the departed or to receive a memorial flag or to have taps played. I did not have a photo and video show with theme music playing.

The recent death of Rocky the police dog was tragic, but the service was incredibly overdone. I'm sure the family he lived with feels the pain of his passing and will miss him terribly, and rightfully so. Let's keep in mind that he was a dog, an animal, who caused his own death because he was not able to think. It seems sad that the passing of most people does not get as much ceremony as that dog got. I certainly hope that those hundreds of police officers and K-9 handlers who attended the service were not on duty and being paid for their time.

Michael Hall

Buffalo

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It's time to get tough on drivers who text

I propose the following items if you are caught texting and cause an accident: three days in jail, a $3,000 fine, 30-day confiscation of cellphone and one-year suspension of driver's license.

Ronald Scibetta

Grand Island