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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Liturgy should be singular, borderless

The goal of every pope ever elected is liturgical unity ("Many U.S. Catholics want Pope Francis to hold the line, inspire," Web, Friday). However, Carlos Caso-Rosendi's comment that the American church needs to return to an American brand of Catholicism seems to suggest a diversion from the idea of liturgical unity. The Catholic ways should be consistent, regardless of the geographical location. A parish in Manila should celebrate Mass the same way a parish in San Francisco does.

It is right that the Catholic Church and its leaders live by the Bible's teachings and Catholicism. That means being pro-life. Pope Francis is pro-life, and he has received many criticisms from Catholics in a country of such diverse cultures as the United States. Needless to say, regardless of the margin of diversity or geographical location, leaders should uphold the traditional Catholic ways. I hope Pope Francis is able to enforce that elusive liturgical unity.

FLORINA NGUYEN

Seattle

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