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Don Roggenkamp, Fergus Falls, Minn., Published December 01 2012

Letter: To be Catholic – or not be Catholic

Barnesville, Minn., teen Lennon Cihak had a choice to make: Do I want to be confirmed and become a member of the Catholic Church? It’s a decision he had to make on his own. Does he want to go along with the Catholic Church’s beliefs and values or doesn’t he? The choice was his.

When Lennon was baptized into the Catholic Church, he had sponsors who stood in for him and answered questions for him and agreed they would bring him up with Catholic beliefs and values.

Now he has to make the decision on his own: Does he want to be a Catholic or not?

Every year on Easter Sunday, Lennon and his parents and all other Catholics renew their baptismal promises. You know the ones: Do you denounce Satan and his works? Do you denounce sin?

These are the Catholic Church’s laws; if you want to be a true Catholic, you must follow these church laws.

You can’t have both – you can’t say you are a Christian but say it is OK to sin.

Lennon’s parents say they support their son, as any parent would.

However, they were there when he was baptized and agreed they would bring him up in the church’s beliefs and values, in front of witnesses.

As far as not being able to receive Holy Communion, you need to ask yourself, as you do at every Sunday Mass – Lord, am I worthy to receive you?