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Letters to the Editor
(From the Sept. 10, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
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Reading your Aug. 20, 2009 edition of the Inland Register gave me pause as I read about the Church response to the priest who served the Marian visionaries in Medjugorje (“Vatican laicizes ex-spiritual director to Medjugorje visionaries”).
He has apparently been “dispensed from Religious vows,” confined to a monastery during investigation, “placed under severe interdict,” and has had imposed conditions “under pain of excommunication and if necessary without prior canonical warning... absolute prohibition” from certain activities concerning visions of Mary in Medjugorje.
Apparently the Church means serious business with the transgressions of one of its priests.
I am struck that this was the kind of action I was looking for towards any priest involved in abusing our children. I feel that this is one of the reasons that this issue has not healed within our Church. As a Catholic mother of 3, I know as surely as any Church doctrine that it is an epitome of evil to sexually abuse young children. Until our Church hierarchy recognizes the full horror of this evil and responds at least as vehemently to every case the same way it reacts to a priest promoting visions of Mary, I fear the healing will not (and probably should not) happen within our Church.
Just as Mary watched over and cared for her Son, we must all watch over and protect our precious children. At least, that’s the kind of Church of which I want to be a part.
Claire Elston, Spokane
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