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The Vatican Still Doesn't Get It

April 09, 2005

Re "Bernard Law Given Prominent Funeral Role," April 8: Few things could better illustrate the Vatican's political tone-deafness to the concerns of American Catholics than its selection of the disgraced former cardinal of Boston, Bernard Law, to celebrate a high-profile Mass honoring the pope. This is the same cardinal who chose to sacrifice the welfare of young boys to protect the church's reputation by reassigning pedophile priests to different parishes rather than turn them over to police.

The Vatican certainly gives every appearance of being an insular good ol' boys club that not only coddles one of its own, but doesn't even see what the problem is. No wonder such a huge gulf has grown between American Catholics and those so far away who would lead them.

Jim Ouellet

Playa del Rey

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