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Letter to the editor: Catholic Church not above the law

The Catholic Church has a lot of nerve airing a radio commercial urging Catholics to come back to their religion by coming to confession. Are you kidding? Once again, ignore the perverted priests and focus on what laypeople have done wrong.

It sickens me that the Catholic Church continues to act as though it is above the law. Horrible child abuse was covered up for decades, and guess what? It turns out that those who commit atrocities against children cannot hide behind the church anymore.

The Rev. John Sweeney acts as though his crimes mean nothing (“Attorney asks for mercy for former Lower Burrell ‘predator priest’,” Dec. 12, TribLIVE). His lawyer claims that this poor, elderly, frail man suffers “the anguish through the day and the grief accompanies him to bed. The anguish does not provide any reprieve as it awakens him at night and disturbs his ability to sleep.” Does anyone care how much his victims suffer? Sorry, but I don’t care how these child molesters suffer whether they are priests or not. Mercy? They had years and years of mercy, and that didn’t work so well, did it?

Amy Kriss

Lower Burrell

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