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I would like to remind Mr. William McCoy of Luke 18: 9-14

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. William McCoy submitted a letter that was published recently. It was addressed to Mr. Veverka. I would like to, if I may, respond to some sections of the letter.

In his letter he states: "Seeing you made Pope Francis, your delight, he just fired 300 plus priests for homosexual abuse against boys." Actually, it was Pope Benedict who defrocked 400 priests during his papacy. Having reviewed several studies of priestly abuse I discovered that the majority of victims are between the ages of 10 and 14 with between 20 and 30 percent or more of victims being female. This figure could actually be higher given the reluctance of these girls to come forward.

Those guilty of these horrendous acts are rapists and pedophiles — who should be prosecuted. I pray for the victims, their families and the vast majority of dedicated priests who have dedicated their lives to God. To completely define this abuse as "homosexual" is misleading.

Mr. McCoy also states: "I believe that Jesus Christ can save you from the guttermost ... Come on Jim, for once in your life, join the Lord's side." Just when did Jesus join the conservative Republican party? In Mark 12:17 Jesus says, "Render unto Caesar the things that are to Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

As an both canon and government. I also vote my conscience.

It seems that Mr. McCoy has already determined that Mr. Veverka is bound for damnation. I would like to remind him of Luke 18: 9-14. This parable recalls the man so comfortable in his own righteousness that he can despise others. "He who exalts himself shall be humbled, he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

June M. Huot

Laconia

 
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