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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Church's failings

EDITOR: As a Catholic who actually sits in a pew on Sundays, I am disturbed by Bishop Robert Vasa saying he didn't have "enough information to make any knowledgeable comments" about the priestly abuse scandals that have wracked the church for two decades ("SR bishop looks to future," Feb. 12). Either Vasa was misquoted, taken out of context, or his ignorance is appalling.

How can a man with such high authority profess innocence and suddenly take credit for acting "decisively" with regard to the Rev. John Crews ("Hanna Boys Center head resigns," Thursday)? Once again, the hierarchy has failed to address the systemic problem that they themselves have caused by their own tepid response to years of sexual crimes swirling around them.

Crews, by all accounts an honorable man, may well be the latest victim of the hierarchy's continuing moral lassitude, not just the children. Our local press has accorded Crews more even-handed treatment than his own church.

Somehow this is reminiscent of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" when the rabbi is asked if there is a prayer for the tsar, and he replies "A prayer for the tsar? May God bless and keep the tsar — far away from us."

MARY SHEA

Sonoma

Still out there

EDITOR: In response to Wayne Thomas ("Activists gone silent," Letters, Thursday): Not presuming to speak for the others he mentioned, please be assured that Women In Black has been standing on the corner of College and Mendocino avenues in Santa Rosa every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. holding a peaceful, if not always silent, vigil. I know this for a fact because I have joined them there since 2004.

JERAMON SHADE


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