To the Editor:

Mark Ipri’s viewpoint in Tuesday’s issue (“What Would Jesus Think?,” The Hoya, Sept. 28, 2004, A3) addresses what he considers to be the arrogance of the Catholic Church and its failure to “adapt” to the times.

Mr. Ipri criticizes a church that he claims sneers at women and snickers at homosexual behavior, without even acknowledging why it holds the beliefs it does. By doing so, he rejects 2,000 years of Church tradition formed by some of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.

Due to space constraints, I will not go into why the Church believes what it does on all the controversial issues Mr. Ipri raises. Anyone who is interested can easily read the Catechism and discover the well-thought out reasoning the Church uses. Once one understands why the Church says this, he or she is in a position to try and present criticism.

It seems to me that it is not the Catholic Church who is arrogant – it is Mr. Ipri for challenging the Church and its beliefs without understanding or attempting to explain them.

John V. Coghlan (COL ’06) Grand Knight, GU Knights of Columbus Sept. 29, 2004

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