Burning Question of the Week: What does the Church teach about those chain emails?
By Paul Dion, STL
We have received a challengiing question from a loyal reader. It is a situation that affects each and every one of us who have access to the World Wide Web. There are so many beautiful things that we receive many times per week, we wonder what to do with them.
In the practice of the "Burning Question" feature of our magazine, we are asking you all to reply to the question below. It is somewhat outside of our practice to make a question that we receive the "Burning Question," but this one is so timely and touches all of us, that we thought it wise to present it to you all before we make our final comment.
Here is the question posted by reader Octave Cantos (slightly edited from the original):
"I have a question regarding chain letters. What is the official stand of the Catholic Church on this? Although the content may be good and worth sharing, I just don't like the way its being propagated. Why are these letters so often accompanied by the statement, 'If you don't forward it to others that you know, something bad might happen to you or your loved ones.' I don't think Mama Mary, God or Jesus works that way."
We ask you, our readers, what you think about these chain letters. What do you think the Church teaches about them. If Jesus received such chain letters, what would He do?
Let us know what you think. We know you have your own thoughts about this. Let's get this discussion rolling. We will give you our reflection on the Church teachings about this topic in a few days after you've given your comments.
Post your comments today.