- The Washington Times - Monday, March 1, 2010

Your editorial about Opus Dei (“Opus Dei sells out,” Feb. 17), raises a valid concern about Catholic institutions providing a forum for Catholic individuals and organizations that defy the Church on serious matters such as abortion. I don’t know to what degree the latest book by Cokie Roberts does this, but she has expressed some views that contradict the Church’s teachings. Perhaps your opposition to the now-canceled book signing was justified.

Your comments about the Catholic Information Center (CIC) in Washington, however, were not. The CIC as currently run by Opus Dei does indeed bring an authentic Catholic voice to K Street. The CIC offers a remarkably in-depth selection of titles on Catholic theology, philosophy and spirituality that are faithful to the Church’s teaching authority, the Magisterium, including an extensive collection of writings by Pope Benedict XVI.

More importantly, Christ Himself is present at the CIC in the daily offering of Holy Mass and the Eucharistic Adoration each afternoon. One can also find Him in the prayerful community among the daily communicants and in the graciousness of Father Arne Panula and his staff.

For Catholics who would be faithful, it is sometimes necessary to challenge our fellow members of the Church to greater integrity and fidelity. This must be done with justice and in charity, as it is by this charity our founder said we will be known.

LINDA M. FORMELLA



Arlington, Va.

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