Church should learn from local case
After reading a June 10 article about a priest stealing $410,000 from his church in Joliet, it was interesting to note that the diocese took immediate action. After an internal audit, the priest was removed from his pastoral role and the audit results were turned over to the DuPage County state's attorney.
He is now facing 21 counts of financial crimes and rightly so. Perhaps the Roman Catholic Church at large can take note and act as swiftly against priests who steal something of far greater worth than money -- a child's innocence.
Is there irony in Kevorkian's death?
Dr. Jack Kevorkian died in the non-assisted suicide of state of Michigan. Though he suffered painful respiration and kidney problems, he decided not to use his suicide machine on himself. The news of his death did not include any reports of friends or members of his Compassion & Choices group, formerly the Hemlock Society, visiting him in his last days. The American Medical Association called him "a reckless instrument of death, who poses a great threat to the public." The National Catholic Bioethics Center said, "His death is no less sad than the death of any human being. We only can hope he experienced the wonderful benefits of palliative care that should be available to all persons as they approach the end of life."
Citizens must get involved
Jim Slusher's recent article regarding political "gerrymandering" (defined as "dividing election districts so as to gain partisan advantage") is right on. In Illinois the majority party in the state legislature may reconfigure legislative districts every ten years.