I thoroughly enjoyed your article about soccer at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (Playing for Vocations, Oct. 8). I graduated from Cardinal Glennon College in 1965 and attended Kenrick Seminary for one year. We played soccer during all of those years. Back in the day we had around 200 seminarians at Cardinal Glennon from St. Louis and several other dioceses. Many of us came from excellent soccer backgrounds: Prep South, SLUH, CBC and other local high schools. We even had soccer players from Belize.
The story "Survey shows gaps in religious literacy" (Oct. 1, Page 24) didn't mention the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's finding that 45 percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the survey didn't know that, according to Church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.
This religious ignorance is astounding. This lack of faith probably accounts for some of the poor Mass attendance. A massive educational program is needed.
I would like to compliment you on the inspiring articles in the Senior Living Section of this week's (Sept. 24) St. Louis Review. It is so apparent that wisdom, grace, joy, positive living, inner beauty come with aging when we are open to possibilities.
Arguing against the Ground Zero mosque is not a matter of distrust of ordinary Muslims, many of whom also oppose the mosque, nor of intolerance of their faith. To compare the opposition to the mosque to historical opposition of Catholics as suggested in the article, "Islamic center debate is exercise in religious understanding" (Aug. 27), is likewise disingenuous.