Christina Serilla’s attack on John Amato for his views on the Catholic Church was unwarranted (“Respect the faith,” Letters, May 24). Mr. Amato was simply expressing his concern to save the image of the church in the eyes of our youth. Even a large number of Austrian priests petitioned Pope Benedict XVI concerning celibacy, to do exactly what Mr. Amato suggested.
There is a critical shortage of young priests in America. The Vatican needs to review a host of social issues, including those currently being debated in our presidential election, if it wishes to keep the church a vital force for the 21st century and beyond.
Mr. Amato need not apologize. He should be praised for taking a realistic stand.