Letters to the Editor

Church’s hypocrisy

To the Editor:

In response to Ms. Mercier’s homophobic letter to the editor (June 14) defending St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s removal of the Boy Scouts based on the new ruling of accepting openly gay Scouts.

Ms. Mercier’s attempt to connect gang violence in Chicago, depression and suicide in teens to the breakdown in marriage and to gay parents is week and foolish at best.

Let’s ask some very real and relevant questions of the Rev. Grady and Ms. Mercier. Why do you judge that homosexual behavior is immoral (but not illegal) with consenting adults, yet the Catholic Church for decades has moved pedophile priests from parish to parish without any consequences? This is not only immoral in the eyes of society, church and God, but it’s also a felony in all 50 states.

The church not only hid immoral behavior, but criminal behavior as well. This does not fall into the category of separation of church and state. These crimes were committed against children by adult authority figures and hidden by church leaders, the dioceses and Rome.

This reprehensible behavior still has not been totally resolved. The Diocese of Rockford’s statement of accepting the new Scout policy is a fresh start. Rev. Grady’s decision to remove the Scouts was a mistake. The hypocrisy of this is inane.

Gregory Walker

Lake in the Hills

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