December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
June 24, 2012
Re "Trial starts for man who beat priest over alleged molestation," June 21 Being a spiritual but not a religious person, I never could swallow the concept of heaven and hell. However, after reading John Lynch's story, I now know that those two little boys experienced their own personal hell by coming face to face with the devil in the form of Father Jerold Lindner, who was accused of molestation by more than a dozen people. As far as I am concerned, the wrong man - Lynch, who allegedly assaulted the elderly Lindner - is on trial.
February 8, 2010
Dear Amy: The Department of State is both troubled and concerned by the letter in your column from "Worried," regarding the allegation of a host parent abusing an international exchange student. The department appreciates the letter writer bringing this matter to the public's attention and strongly encourages the writer, and anyone else who learns of similar incidents, to report such incidents to law enforcement authorities immediately. As the responsible agency for regulating and monitoring international high school exchange student programs in the U.S., the Department of State's top priority is the safety and well-being of these young people.
December 30, 2012
Re “ Naming names at the church ,” Editorial, Dec. 26 Kudos to The Times for advocating the public's right to know the names of Catholic Church officials who enabled the church's pedophiles to avoid exposure and prosecution. The referee who ruled against public disclosure apparently didn't understand and appreciate how naming names might protect future potential victims. If church officials knew their coverup endeavors would be made public, they surely would be deterred from shielding pedophiles who otherwise might continue to abuse children.
January 26, 2013
Re "Charges unlikely for Mahony," "Mahony lacks atonement," Column, and "Mahony's moral obligations," Letters, Jan. 23 I got sick reading the front-page article detailing the unlikelihood that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will face charges for concealing sex abuse by priests from law enforcement, Steve Lopez's column on the topic and, finally, the piercing letters to the editor criticizing the former Los Angeles archbishop. Every poignant piece contained what needed to be said and read.
July 18, 2013
Re "Church lobbies to avert abuse suits," July 16 To the Roman Catholic leadership opposing SB 131, which would give more time to sex-abuse victims in California to file civil lawsuits: Stop shaming us. The Catholic faithful have watched in horror as the truth of sexual abuse by clergy and its coverup by Catholic leadership have come to light. We feel sorrow and shame for the sins committed by some in the church against our children, the lambs, and we expect the church to atone.