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Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Pope Francis encourages Catholic Church to be more inclusive

GOP should learn from pope

Pope Francis puts his hands together to acknowledge the crowd as he is driven through St. Peter's Square Sept. 25, 2013.  [AP Photo/Andrew Medichini]

Pope Francis puts his hands together to acknowledge the crowd as he is driven through St. Peter’s Square Sept. 25, 2013. [AP Photo/Andrew Medichini]

If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.]

Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law, not the letter.

By putting people before dogma, he is demonstrating the care and inclusiveness of the Christ as he aims to minister to the needs of the poor and the hurting.

Would not John Boehner be a voice in the wilderness and lead his caucus to the light? Could that caucus grasp the simple fact that the responsibility of governance is the welfare of all the nation’s citizens and inhabitants?

To dogmatically fixate on the Affordable Care Act denies the GOP an opportunity to demonstrate its supposedly caring spirit and changed heart for the “47 percent.”

Apparently, using procedural-blocking tactics in the Senate and permitting a vocal minority to lead the House remain as keystones, holding to the letter of the law rather than embracing the true spirit of our republic, upon which rests those hallowed words: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — for all.

Wallace Clausen, Auburn

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