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Regarding Bishop Zubik's decision to send letters to possible victims ("Diocese Of Pittsburgh to Send Letters to 2 Parishes after Priest Accused of Abuse in New Hampshire,") I congratulate Bishop Zubik and the Diocese of Pittsburgh for taking this action. If this had been standard practice by world-wide Catholic dioceses decades ago, so much human suffering would have been avoided. Billions of dollars spent on legal fees and compensation to the victims of clergy rape would have been instead directed to service to the needy. The reputation of the Catholic Church would have been preserved. Justice would have been served.
Alas, that has not been the case. My only disappointment is, as the article implies, that Bishop Zubik and company took this action on the heels of threats by a Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests rather than at their own prior initiative.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests provides a valuable service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Bishop Zubik might want to consider making a modest donation to assist them with their work.
The letter writer is formerly of Edgewood.
First Published January 25, 2013 12:00 am