Have abusive priests been excommunicated?


Really? Your May 26 headline story: “Diocesan Review Board responds” seems a waste of time when you look at this Time/CNN story: www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2072613,00.html?xid=rss-world.

“(GENOA) — The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.”

We continue to read how this problem exists worldwide. While the Diocese of Davenport lists abusive priests on its website (www.davenportdiocese.org), do all dioceses across the United States publish such lists? The big question remains: have these abusers been excommunicated?

In the national John Jay College of Criminal Justice “Causes and Context” report (Catholic Messenger, May 19), use of the word “excuse” is abused while “excommunicated” is used once, and that was in reference to victims. 


In light of continuing revelations, Frank Wessling’s editorial “Time to rise” (The Catholic Messenger, May 26) is likely to fall on deaf ears.

Ken Kashmarek


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