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[...] I apologize to my victims and their families for the incredible harm that I have done in their lives and the criminal acts that I perpetrated on them. [...] I apologize to the church and especially to fellow priests who were also harmed and thus victimized by my behavior.
letters Founded in 1924 Editor Paul Baumann Managing Editor Patrick Jordan Associate Editors Grant Gallicho, Matthew Boudway Assistant Editor Victims, justice & the church Mollie Wilson O’Reilly Production Editor & Webmaster DOUBLE STANDARD circumstances, or fears inhibited disclo- Tiina Aleman The editorial “Seeking Justice” (May 8) sure in years past have their opportunity Copy Editor was insightful as far as it went, but there for public vindication. You are right that Susanne Washburn is far more to the story of justice and stat- this is not the whole answer and that fur- Editorial Assistant Christopher Cimorelli utes of limitation as applied to claims of ther reconciliation must happen also on misconduct against Catholic dioceses and individual levels. I agree that the Markey Business Manager Sandra J. Taylor institutions. The bishops are entirely justi- bill is flawed and should not be supported Development fied to rally against retroactive application in its present form if public institutions Christa A. Kerber of revised civil statutes of limitation. As are to be exempt. The church might do Poetry has been written by at least one bishop, far better to promote such an opportunity Rosemary Deen “Statutes of limitations exist to promote by admitting, “Yes, we too may suffer Screen Richard Alleva, Rand Richards Cooper justice, not hinder it.” further humiliation and be wounded However, the U.S. bishops as a body financially, but we are not about to ask Stage/Media Celia Wren have also aggressively lobbied the Holy the victims of our neglect to continue to Columnists See since 2002 to grant a blanket dispen- live with their wounds through a public E. J. Dionne Jr., John Garvey, sation from prescription—the statute of silence.” Provisions could perhaps be Melinda Henneberger, Cathleen Kaveny, Jo McGowan, William Pfaff limitations for the prosecution of a delict made about financial settlements, but Marketing Coordinator (a crime) in canon law—so that accused the church ought to risk itself on the side Nicole Benevenia priests can face penal processes, includ- of the victim, not in the protection of its Advertising Manager ing forced laicization, years or decades bank accounts. Roth Advertising after the period of prescription in church david e. pasinski Commonweal, [ISSN 0010-3330] A Review of law has expired. The bishops should not Fayetteville, N.Y. Public Affairs, Religion, Literature, and the Arts, have it both ways. Retroactive application is published biweekly except Christmas/New Year; and monthly July and August, by Commonweal of new statutes of limitations is as unjust NO MORE VICTIMS Foundation, 475 Riverside Drive, Rm. 405, New and immoral in canon law as it is in civil I write to you from Riverbend Maximum York, NY 10115. Telephone: (212) 662-4200. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. and criminal law. ryan a. macdonald Security Institution in Nashville, Tennes- Toll-free: 888-495-6755. Fax: (212) 662-4183. Advertising correspondence should be sent to Indianapolis, Ind. see, where I am serving a twenty-five-year Roth Advertising, Inc., P.O. Box 93, Sea Cliff, New sentence for rape and aggravated sexual York, NY 11579 (516) 674-8603. postmaster: send address changes to Commonweal, P.O. Box 3000, CH
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