Bishop Wester's gifts: Marking 50 years of service and devotion

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  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    July 5, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    "We do see certainly trends in our culture that need to be confronted: secularism, materialism, consumerism, relativism, any '-ism' you want to look at, but these are things that need to be confronted and challenged,” Bishop Wester said.

    Why? What is fundamentally wrong with secularism or relativism that makes it imperative to "confront and challenge" those who espouse them?

    I have studied philosophy, ethics, morality and religion (including Mornonism) for decades, and I find the doctrines of religion to be antithetical to millennia-old traditions about human ethics and morality. There is nothing funamentally wrong with "relativism" that is not also fundamentally wrong with the most morally relative dogmas that constitute religion.

    Look at the world. Keep in mind, the atheists are not the ones in jihad; The non believers are not the ones slaughtering the "other" believers (and no believers); the secularists are not the ones trying to establish power and dominion over religious caliphates, millennial reigns, or worldwide authorities that "put and end to all nations".

    For those violent totalitarian dogmas, you must have religion.

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    July 5, 2014 3:58 p.m.

    Thanks for a great article.

    I am not Catholic, but LDS, and I live in San Francisco. We have seen a fine exchange of Catholic leaders between Utah and northern California, including Bishop William Wiegand, Archbishop George Niederauer, and now Bishop Wester.

    John Wester is the kind of person who, had he grown up LDS instead of RC, would have been more than ready for baptism at age 8, eager for Aaronic Priesthood ordination, a diligent deacon and teacher, probably motivating his Melchizedek companion to be a better home teacher, a seminary grad, with mission papers filed months before his birthday. And today, he would probably be --- a Bishop! (if not a Stake President or General Authority).

    I wish that people in the Bay Area, where faithful Catholics and Mormons are often reviled in knee-jerk fashion for standing for God's teachings about some fundamental moral and social matters, could learn more about Bishop Wester as a person and appreciate him the way his Utah flock and neighbors do.