Letters to the Editor

Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former archdiocese clergy secretary, leaves the Criminal Justice Center after testifying in the clergy sex-abuse trial.YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former archdiocese clergy secretary, leaves the Criminal Justice Center after testifying in the clergy sex-abuse trial.YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Posted: June 04, 2012

Back statute of limitation reform

Hear are the words I heard Msgr. William Lynn say during his testimony in the clergy sex abuse trial: "Yes, I lied. Because at that point I was not permitted to say why someone was removed from their parish" ("Defense rests in clergy trial," Wednesday).

Later he said, "I didn’t have the power to do anything."

I have read many books over the years on the Nazi’s reign of terror in Europe during the 1930s and ’40s, and I have seen the movie Judgment at Nuremberg many times, and the defense in those cases was eerily similar to what was heard in the clergy trial.

Although it appears that Cardinal Anthony Bevilaequa could not have chosen a more compliant individual than Lynn, excuses are excuses. They are not valid reasons for failing to protect children from known sexual predators.

The appalling actions of Lynn, his cohorts, and his superiors are nothing short of criminal. Unfortunately, those criminal actions were covered up long enough for most Pennsylvania statutes of limitation to expire.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, the bishops of Pennsylvania, and the state Catholic conference should be supporting statute-of-limitation reform. Why aren’t they?

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, New Castle, maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com

Protect schools and taxpayers

Two points need to be made regarding the letter "No public money for private schools" (Tuesday):

First, in commenting about parents’ decision to send their children to parochial schools, the writer says, "That is their right, but don’t ask the rest of us to pay the freight." What about those parents who "pay the freight" for public schools they don’t use?

Second, doesn’t the writer see that "homeowners will see tax rates skyrocket" if parochial schools close and the public schools are flooded with those children?

State funds for parochial schools are a balanced way to save both school systems and homeowners’ wallets.

Rudy Nedelka, Bensalem

Some facts about vouchers

Misconceptions about vouchers are a little like misconceptions about medicine — a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. But here are the facts:

Vouchers help parents afford the schools of their choice — they do not help Catholic schools.

Some parents use vouchers to for tuition at Catholic schools, but others use them at Quaker schools, Jewish schools, nondenominational schools, and other private schools

Many private schools are more effective (they actually educate children) and more cost effective than public schools (they cost less to educate a child than a public school), so they do, in effect, even with the expense of vouchers, cost less to the taxpayer than public schools

Private schools do admit and educate children with learning disabilities, children from troubled homes, children with sick parents, and children with many other needs.

Adriana della Porta, Philadelphia, crefeld8925@yahoo.com

Get students out of failing schools

Many of your readers seem to believe that Catholic schools are entitled to their agenda, but that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it. (Perhaps they are terrified that everyone’s tax dollars will not be available to further their agendas.) Yet Catholic school parents are forced to pay for our neighbors’ public education, which often has an agenda of it’s own.

There are other agendas we are forced to support through our tax dollars, including Planned Parenthood and the war in Iraq, which Pope John Paul II spoke out against.

The fact is, Catholic schools have been turning out educated kids on a small budget free from bureaucracy. There are students who cannot afford to get out of their failing school, yet they are entitled to an educational environment where they can learn. Our tax dollars, which pay for public education, should be allotted as a voucher so students can go where they can learn.

Mary Cole, Huntingdon Valley

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