Mary’s Place

I appreciated Kenneth Kantzer’s “A Most Misunderstood Woman” [Dec. 12]. It was concise and accurate, without any belittlement of the Catholic people.

I have read with interest the attitude CT has shown toward the new Roman Catholic evangelicals. Certainly those who have taken that route deserve our full support and recognition, but I wondered if it would be done without speaking to the sensitive issues of doctrine and authority of the Scripture. Thank you for doing just that.

REV. STEVE HEESE

The Church in South Denver

Denver, Colo.

It is obvious Kantzer used your vehicle to vent his anger, hate, and bitterness against the Catholic church, while Luci Shaw [“Yes to Shame and Glory,” Dec. 12], without animosity or criticism, wrote an inspiring article emanating love and tender feelings. Kantzer surmises we are “possessed” with dogmas I have never heard of. I wonder which article on his mother Jesus was more pleased with.

D. M. HASTINGS

Minneapolis, Minn.

The real question of Mary’s place in the believer’s heart is not where man puts her, but where Christ puts her. The late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote: “Why are pulpits which resound with the Name of Christ so silent about his Mother, who was chosen for such a dignity in the agelessness of eternity?… The Church has never adored Mary, because only God may be adored. But she, of all creatures, was closest to God.”

JOSEPH A. COSTANZA

Chandler, Ariz.

Kantzer’s article is based on quotations lifted out of context, twisted linguistics, and contorted historical data. The only thing that can be termed “mythical” is the fundamentalist position he attempts to “prove.”

JAMES A. ...

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