Sins & Silence
Letters to the Editor

Priests a positive influence

By Rick Udelhofen
Telegraph Herald [Dubuque IA]
March 14, 2006

[See the main page of the Sins & Silence series for links to all the articles and letters to the editor.]

I am writing to agree with Ms. Huber's letter (March 11) about your daily articles on the Catholic Church and its abuse history.

While I think it's important to deal with this issue, I say, "Enough already."

Like most Catholics, priests were a positive influence in my life—from Catholic grade school to the present. All of these men were everything a priest should be—with never a hint of abuse. While I certainly sympathize with abuse victims, I know that the vast majority of Catholics had only positive experiences with their priests.

I also have a problem with abuse stories from the 1950s and '60s on the front page every day while articles on our young men dying in Iraq are in the back just before the used-car ads!

Rick Udelhofen
720 Fourth St., Bloomington, Wis.


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