Failed Church Leaders
Letter to the Editor
By Sister Maureen Anne Paul Turlish
October 24, 2005
Re: "Abuse's 'enablers' still rank in church,"
As a woman religious who has chaired departments in two Philadelphia
diocesan high schools, Archbishop Wood and Lansdale Catholic, I am appalled
and sickened by the callous abuse of our children, the protection of abusers,
the harassment of whistle-blowing nuns and priests and the lack of accountability
of our church leadership.
The sad fact is that Cardinals John Krol, Anthony Bevilacqua and Justin
Rigali, along with the "enablers," are far beyond the reach
of the law as it presently stands.
Unfortunately, too, there are not even any sanctions that will be placed
on them. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is impotent, and Rigali
is hardly expected to slap the wrists of those who followed what were
obviously his and his two predecessors' orders.
At the very least, the eight infamous administrators named in the article,
along with Msgr. William Lynn, now a pastor in Downingtown, should be
removed from pastorates and from the ranks of bishops and monsignors.
If they were in the military, they would have been busted to private!
So, it falls to the laity, whenever they wake up, to hold all of them
Sister Maureen Anne Paul Turlish
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
New Castle, Del.