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JP II was no saint

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Religious fanatics should be ashamed and embarrassed, criticizing Obama and asking why he wasn’t at the canonization of Pope John Paul II — a “man” (not a saint) who presided over the Catholic Church during nearly three decades of a gruesome pedophilia scandal and a grotesque cover-up.

What did John Paul do to deserve being named a saint? Was it giving sanctuary to Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, a horrendous enabler of child abuse who resigned in disgrace in 2012 as Archbishop of Boston? Was it defending Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, a pedophile, womanizer, embezzler and drug addict? Perhaps defending him because he was the greatest fundraiser for the Catholic Church and equally its greatest criminal?

The church is giving its biggest prize to the person who could have fixed the spreading stain of pedophilia and did nothing. Nothing! Instead the thousands of betrayed, damaged victims are thought of as a fading asterisk. All those fools buying last-minute tickets to fly to St. Peter’s Square, all to fawn over an institution that allowed molestation to continue for decades, protecting pedophile priests instead of their victims.

It’s too bad God, heaven and hell don’t exist because there would be nice warm seats waiting for all of them.

Robert LaRosa
Whitestone

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