Letters to the Editor

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A Matter of Time

Regarding Tara Murtha’s cover story about statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases:

Coming from the Archdiocese of Denver, Archbishop Chaput’s old “stompin’ grounds,” it would really gladden my heart to see the statute of limitations extended in cases of clergy pedophilia. In Denver, Chaput’s high-priced attorneys and lobbyists successfully managed to quash legislation extending SOL for two years. Maybe now, the public sees the necessity to reform SOL, because in doing so, it might be the only way “to reform” the church and an arrogant hierarchy.

JEANNIE GUZMAN, via philadelphiaweekly.com

This article presents a fine chronology and summary of the clergy abuse scandal in the Philadelphia Catholic church as well as the relentless, and, as of yet, futile attempts to secure the kind of legislative reform in Harrisburg that will provide better protection for our children. Why state representatives like Marsico and Caltagirone, who are fathers and grandfathers, would choose the insurance industry and religious organizations and their leadership over the best interests of their children and grandchildren is foolish and offensive. Obviously, some politicians have passed shame, dignity and pride many, many years ago.

MICHAEL SKIENDZIELEWSKI, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Conflict Management

Regarding Aaron Kase’s column about political consultant Martin O’Rourke:

These elected officials and departments have staff allowances to hire employees but never seem to fill those positions with qualified people to do what needs to be done. PR can be done by the heads themselves just by performing the jobs they are being paid to do and issuing a report. We have a mayor who is always hiring outside consultants to do studies based on information that is readily available to him and his staff.

CONSTANCE M. TOMLIN, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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