To The Herald-Whig:
This past weekend a highly anti-Catholic eight-page letter was placed on the windshields of autos at Catholic churches in the Quincy area.
It was unsigned.
It began stating: "Dear Catholic Friend … I have studied the Holy Bible for over 34 years now … I feel compelled to share my feelings here with you."
He goes on to quote the Bible, significantly misunderstanding what he shares. He apparently has no confidence in the Catholic Church, which has a 2,000-year history of biblical scholarship.
Indeed, he is also apparently unaware that it was the Catholic Church that determined content of the Bible at the councils of Laodicea, Hippo and Carthage between A.D. 363 and A.D. 397.
He identifies himself as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Quincy, but his actions show him to be someone not in harmony with the many good Adventists whom I have known over my lifetime.
What betrays this person more than anything is that he did not sign his letter. A man of integrity stands behind his work -- for that opens the door for discussion and better understanding. Rather he preferred to shoot at the Catholic community from hiding. As such he did a disservice to both the local Adventist and Catholic churches of Quincy.
Come forward, identify yourself so that we can have a discussion. Catholics are forgiving people, and we welcome talking with those who disagree with us.
The Rev. Don Blickhan