Letters to the Editor

Los Angeles Times [California]
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Mahony Should Release Documents on Priests

"Re Mahony Resisting Disclosure," March 3: Without question, there is a great sin infecting the very heart of the Roman Catholic Church. It's called "betrayal of innocence." Cardinal Roger Mahony must put an end to this moral crisis by adopting a policy of full disclosure on matters involving priests who sexually abuse children. Hiding behind the 1st Amendment is unworthy of the cardinal.

Sexual abuse is a grave evil, a great sin and a crime that can scar victims for life. Such reprehensible conduct by priests cannot be tolerated and should be fully disclosed by the Los Angeles Archdiocese. I pray that God will heal the hearts of the victims and that he will take the evil out of the hearts of the offenders. Mahony must take responsibility for the moral failure of his priests.

Rick Schreiner, Pasadena


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