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GEORGE HUTCHINSON, Minneapolis
Parishioners left in a bind over donations
As news reports continue almost daily about efforts by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to keep the sexual-abuse scandal under wraps, significant numbers of laity and clergy are giving serious attention and action to the painful task of coming to grips with facts of ongoing abuse and coverup, egregiously complemented by an absence of outrage from the archbishop.
As these scandals came to light, some of the faithful refused to contribute to the annual Archdiocesan Catholic Services Appeal to avoid risking dubious use of their funds. As information evolved, they also elected to avoid the cut that the archdiocese takes from contributions to individual parishes by designating their dollars for such specific programs as parish outreach funds. But Archbishop John Nienstedt craftily sidestepped this loss of capital by mandating his tariff on every dollar coming into every parish. Sadly, some parishioners now refuse to contribute to their own parishes, as they cannot, on principle, close their eyes to unethical use of their money, and they are seeking ways and means to support their cherished spiritual homes without implicitly condoning what is being done at the archdiocesan level.
Nienstedt and his peers are priests of the New Testament, self-described representatives of the prophet Jesus who gave us the gift of trust when he said, “Let the little ones come to me, and do not keep them away: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Because we believed, our children were sacrificed, and we cannot stand by silently.
SHAWN GILBERT, Bloomington
BUS DRIVER FIRED
Leading prayers is not in the job description
Regarding “Bus driver led students in prayer and lost in job” (Nov. 6): Would the community have been OK with the bus driver’s leading the children in Islamic or Wiccan prayers? The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district made the right decision.
STEVE HOFFMANN, Anoka
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