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Irresponsible coverage

Posted: April 16, 2010 3:00 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Your front-page story ("Abuse claim haunts pastor," April 8) about the newly appointed pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish is an example of irresponsible journalism.

If you are going to make it the top story on page one, you should at least have some facts and name the accusers and sources before defaming the man and tearing down a fine school and church.

Your anonymous source should be identified, and the information should be verified. The unnamed people referred to as "some parents" who allege they were "told to keep mum" by the school and archdiocese should be named, and identify who told them that.

Your readers and the accused have a right to know who these people are.

Irreparable harm may have been done to the reputation of a priest and a church because of rumors about a 20-year-old allegation, about which an objective investigator has determined there was no evidence of misconduct.

Facts are facts, but rumors and gossip from anonymous sources about something found on the Internet pertaining to an incident
that was alleged 20 years ago are not only not credible, but very close to slanderous.

There have been serious crimes committed by a few priests, but it is grossly unfair to paint all priests with the same brush. The vast majority are dedicated men who commit their lives to their ministries and to serving God and the people of their church.


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