Critiquing Cardinal McCarrick.(LETTERS)

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Critiquing Cardinal McCarrick.(LETTERS)


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick made several questionable statements in his interview with The Washington Times ("McCarrick sees crisis of faith, not morals," Page 1, Wednesday).

First, he called the clerical sexual abuse scandals "the crisis, which hopefully we have just finished passing through .... This statement indicates he thinks it is over. One could hardly claim this crisis is over. It may be that the intense publicity is over, but the bishops have not even begun to address the problems of dissent on church sexual morals and the problem of homosexuality in seminaries - issues that have abetted the sexual abuses of the past several decades and that the cardinal himself admitted in the interview.

Furthermore, Cardinal McCarrick said, "The U.S. has abandoned its vigorous anti-life positions" in foreign policy and at home is "more supportive of the right to life and family values." While he is correct about our foreign policy under President Bush, vigorous anti-life positions abound in the United States. Just consider such anti-life Democrats as Sens. Tom Daschle, Patrick J. Leahy and Edward M. Kennedy, all of whom identify themselves as Catholics.

Some glaring examples of growing anti-life sentiment in our society:

* Pro-life judges are having a difficult time getting jobs because Democrats are discriminating against them.

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