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LAY CATHOLICS IN U.S. CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In response to David Briggs' series "Unholy Wars," I challenge the many lay Catholics in our area to bring their Gospel values to bear in a culture which the American bishops have termed "spiritually blind."

Noted theologian Joe Holland recently made an incredible statement during a presentation to Secular Franciscans in Albany: "Lay American Catholics are the most significant human beings to ever walk the face of the Earth."

His point is that, at this critical time in world history, we represent the largest religious denomination in the most influential and powerful country on the face of the Earth.

Who is the church looking to for leadership at this critical juncture in world and salvation history? The answer is the laity.

John Paul II, who has said that never before in the whole history of the Church has there ever been such a confrontation between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, has also concluded: "This is the hour of the laity."

Let us not be paralyzed in fear before the daunting nature of the challenge. The first step is to acknowledge the source of our power.

We have the power -- spiritually and politically -- to make a difference. May we have the wisdom and courage to do so.

EDWARD M. ZABLOCKI
Buffalo

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