Vatican Tough on Flock, Blind to Priests' Abuses
Letter to the Editor

Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2003,1,4149721.story

I read with interest "Pope Warns Divorced Catholics Who Remarry Not to Take Communion" (April 18), on the Vatican's newest attempt to prevent "notorious" sinners from receiving the sacraments. I'd like to know when the Vatican intends to begin preventing notorious sinners from administering them and when the hierarchy will stop protecting the men who have done so much damage to so many children and families.

The church hierarchy does a real disservice to its people and to those priests who keep their vows and serve faithfully and well when it stresses the need for moral perfection among its flock but then turns a blind eye to the evils within its own house.

Beth Lee-De Amici



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