"Catholic Lite Won't Heal Those Wounds" (Commentary, April 26) has it all wrong. This is not a crisis of fidelity at all, as George Weigel insists. Laying the blame on three decades of wayward seminarians is a smoke screen at best. The real issue is the systematic, determined effort of the upper echelons of the Catholic hierarchy to coddle and shield those who engaged in immoral, criminal behavior and, in so doing, to perpetuate the problem.
The church's presumed effort (too little, too late) to find solutions to the crisis only serves to deflect attention from the evil complicity of arrogant, powerful and hypocritical men like Cardinal Bernard Law, who for years betrayed the victims--the very people they had a mandate to protect. This is the "crisis" the Vatican should be looking at.