The Worst Yet To Come

September 13, 2018

Editor: I am a Catholic. I am mortified and numbed by the revelations of innocent children in Pennsylvania being molested by predator priests and Catholic bishops enabling and covering up their heinous crimes. It’s not as though someone sent all the priest sex abuse offenders and facilitators to Pennsylvania. When investigations in other states and countries throughout the world are conducted, there is no reason to think that priests’ abuse of children and malfeasance by bishops in the rest of the United States and in other countries will not be as appalling and widespread as it is in Pennsylvania. In addition to the magnitude and pervasiveness of these priestly crimes and of this episcopal complicity, we will have to deal with the inevitable broader dissemination of reporting about allegations of inadequate responses (some would say criminal negligence) on the part of bishops throughout the world and on the part of two canonized Popes, Pope John XXIII and “Defender of the Faith” Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and the much-beloved Pope Francis. In addition to being a Catholic, I am an American citizen. The unconscionable acts of predator priests and complicity of bishops are not only sins but crimes. It is left for the community of the faithful to pursue repentance, conversion and healing. It remains to law enforcement to pursue investigations, prosecutions, convictions and incarceration of the guilty regardless of rank. This is what faith and justice requires. Tim Mannello WILLIAMSPORT

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