Readers Speak Out: October 7, 2018

  • October 4, 2018

Lay investigation

Like millions of Catholics I am scandalized by the priests and bishops who have committed heinous acts, especially to children and teenagers. I’m also frustrated and angry that the clergy, including Pope Francis, use terms that are unfamiliar to the average layperson, such as clericalism. 

I don’t care what Pope Francis or anyone else attributes this scandal to, when a priest sexually abuses a minor that act is not only a mortal sin, it is a crime! And when their superiors hide it, they are as guilty!

Also, for the past decade or longer there have been rules to prevent this that are not followed. I believe a lay-led investigation is needed. More meetings, rules and procedures will not change a thing. 

In the latest Register I read about a university teaching a “graduate” program on “protection of minors and vulnerable adults.” I’m sorry, but most of us know how to protect our children and vulnerable adults. We do not need another level of “professionals” telling us right or wrong!  

Doreen Charlebois,

Sherwood Park, Alta.

A great leader

I have read and heard criticisms against Pope Francis for his handling of the clerical sexual abuse issue. His critics feel his apology is not strong enough, but those who accuse him of a cover-up should be very careful of such accusations.

Pope Francis is a very holy man. He is a man of God and a man of prayer who seeks peace, justice and goodness — a humble man, a great leader.

He will seek wisdom and guidance from God through prayer and will act at the right time. He is not one to do things to please others by making rash decisions and acting hastily.

Joyce de Gannes,

North York, Ont.

Seize assets

The Church as set up by God through Jesus is good. It is the people in the Church who are sinners and everyone should take full responsibility for their own sins — not “the Church.”

The latest predators have been stripped of their robes, a good thing, and should also be stripped of any assets they may have accumulated (i.e. cars, property or the like) which could be used to offset legal fees, reparations, etc. they have initiated. 

Unfortunately it is left to the people in the pew to shoulder all these costs.

Sheelagh M. Barry,

Victoria, B.C.

Persist and persevere

Re: The Church will always right herself (Sept. 16):

I share Peter Stockland’s frustration with the sex scandals involving priests. Some think this is the most serious crisis the Church has ever faced. 

Doubtless there are many who will now jump ship but that is the wrong response. It’s important that we persist and persevere in our faith while facing this challenge. 

I believe that, in time, the Church will rectify the problem. It’s God who makes the Catholic Church holy, not its members who are prone to sin and error. 

Claudio Ceolin, 


Order of Canada

Re: Face of pro-life passes the torch (Sept. 23):

It goes without saying that Jim Hughes should be awarded the Order of Canada for all of his dedicated efforts towards promoting and defending the sanctity of life in our country. Thank you, Mr. Hughes! 

Matthew Dineen,

Nepean, Ont.

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