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Better papal response required after grand jury report

August 30, 2018

I am very upset at the horrific news that came out of the Pennsylvania grand-jury report, and at the recent sexual assaults in other parishes. And all the pope could say was that he felt “shame and sorrow,” “penance and prayer,” “shame and repentance,” at the atrocities committed by Catholic priests.

How about the pope excommunicating and defrocking all those priests, dead or alive. After all, they committed a very serious crime. And, if the pope does not take drastic action, and not just utter mere words, then, he is also just as guilty as those perverted priests. (One allegation is that the pope knew of a specific cardinal’s transgressions and didn’t act).

Catholics should stop giving money to the church until the pope takes serious steps to punish those priests, and any other priests, bishops, etc., from other states, who are all involved in this heinous crime against innocent children.

I graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1965. I received a bachelor’s degree in American history and a master’s degree in the same field from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. I also received a second master’s degree in school administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

For my master’s degree in American history, I wrote a thesis on Father Carmelo A. Tranchese, a Jesuit priest who was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Antonio’s Mexican-American community during the 1930s through the 1950s. My thesis was based on his personal papers and oral interviews I conducted with some of the parishioners who remembered him with fondest memories.

The eminent journalist George Sessions Perry wrote an expository essay about Father Tranchese in the Saturday Evening Post on Aug. 21, 1948, titled, “Rumpled Angel of the Slums.” If Father Tranchese were alive today, he would be totally shocked at the way the church has covered up for all these degenerate priests and the hierarchy for committing a most despicable crime all these years.

There is no doubt in people’s mind that this is a dark chapter in the history of the Catholic Church. But the pope needs to punish those sick perpetrators who are still alive, and that includes the bishops and higher-ups who covered up. Moreover, the pope needs to take immediate action and cleanse the church of these rotten priests, bishops, etc., and more important, he needs to restore our faith in the Catholic Church once again.

In my senior years, my Catholic faith has never left me and I still pray every day, but my trust in the Catholic Church is zero.

The pope is asking for forgiveness? His pedophile priests and him by association — for looking the other way — committed a crime, not a sin!

J. Gilberto Quezada is an author, writer, historian, poet, and a retired public school educator with 31 years experience.

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