Here's letter to the Editor in today's Boston Herald:
Joe Fitzgerald stated Archbishop Sean O'Malley began his tenure by reaching out to a beleagured priesthood ("More than faith needed to overcome church woes") On the contrary, his first act was to pay 85 million without probing any claim, effectively endorsing the vilification of the priests.
In fact, an archdiocesan canon lawyer stated there is a presumption of guilt for all pirests accused of sex cr5imes. A mamber of the Archdiocescan Tribunal complained about a priest pushing for investigation that he wouldn't be quiet.
Rather than reaching out to traumatized priests, the heirarchy has instilled a climate of fear where priests are afraid of speaking out and some of those priets in the active ministry have resorted to contracting ostracized priests through third parties to stay below the radar.
Fitzgerald was correct that disdain of malcontents and profiteers is bogus. Unfortunately, they are the ones that O'Mallye has been catering to at the expense of those who do the real work of the church. Palma Koenig, Dorchester
Quite a publicity stunt they all have going - but some of us just aren't going to be quiet.
Anyone who would say this Bishop reached out to priests is either a fool or a liar.