This is in response to Mr. Robert Kushner's Dec. 28 letter about the current state of the Catholic Church. I write this as a fellow old-timer Catholic.
I would take issue with you on several points. Since "all scripture is inspired of God" and "Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ," I would not de-emphasize the Old Testament, which would hinder and limit our understanding of who Jesus Christ is.
As an old saying put it, the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New. There are many Catholic resources available to help us in the proper understanding of Sacred Scripture.
Do not lament that the Church may be gone when our generation passes away. The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, is not going away. Jesus promised that "the gates of Hell" will not prevail against it. I do believe that Pope Francis will lead the Church in a renewal of the Spirit.
I also have a different take on the Church's position concerning some of the other issues you mentioned. There is not enough room here to discuss them all, but as a member of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Parrish, I would be happy to explore them with you.