I reply to the Wednesday letter "42-year-old accusation is suspicious," from Phyllis Hand, regarding her shock over allegations of abuse from a now-elderly priest. I will give her my two cents' worth, which she requested.
I reply to the Wednesday letter “42-year-old accusation is suspicious,” from Phyllis Hand, regarding her shock over allegations of abuse from a now-elderly priest. I will give her my two cents’ worth, which she requested.
As she said, priests are human beings like the rest of us, and to be accused of a particularly horrid crime even years later is why we have a justice system. Just because now you are a sickly old codger does not get one off the hook. There are many reasons some people wait years to come forth with terrifying events from their past.
Thousands of people can be “respecting” the Rev. Raymond Lavelle and his homilies, but that does not prove innocence. Review the facts, make a case and come to a decision. It is the least we can do for a victim; if Lavelle is innocent he has nothing to worry about.
If a crime is committed a year ago or 30 years ago, it still is a crime and does not merit being swept under the rug. Hand might be more focused were it her own little boy who was abused. Come, Holy Spirit, indeed.