Readers Write: (Jan. 31): Catholic Church, the Holocaust, school closings, streetcars, Justin Bieber

  • Updated: January 30, 2014 - 6:31 PM

Either the archdiocese is getting harassed, or it’s getting a break.

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CATHOLIC CHURCH

Situation reeks of bias. But which way?

The Catholic Church once again earned headlines with news that the county attorneys for Ramsey and Washington counties lacked evidence to charge archdiocese leaders with failure to report abuse by two priests (“Church avoids charges on two cases,” Jan. 30). The story read more like the church “beat the rap,” with a quote from the media’s favorite lawyer to provide credence.

Meanwhile, an article about the state paying bonuses to MNsure executives in 2013 (“MNsure managers got bonuses for work on balky website”) was consigned to the bottom of the Business section.

Didn’t this story deserve front-page coverage? Is it reasonable to suggest bias?

ARNOLD RASMUSSEN, Burnsville

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I don’t understand how simple facts reported in this newspaper and elsewhere that clearly demonstrate that officials of the archdiocese failed to report potentially illegal behavior by priests can fail to persuade Ramsey County Attorney John Choi to bring the appropriate charges. Either the reported facts are incorrect, or Choi is giving the archdiocese a “get out of jail free” card. Failure to hold church officials responsible for illegal behavior effectively sanctions this behavior, enabling future violations while bringing dishonor on the county attorney’s office.

GEORGE HUTCHINSON, Minneapolis

 

THE HOLOCAUST

Remember the victims — all of the victims

I don’t want to minimize the horror that was the Holocaust or the impact of Phil Chernofsky’s book-as-art, “And Every Single One Was Someone” (“Book tells of Holocaust in 1 word, 6 million times,” Jan. 26). The death of 6 million people is a tragedy that we should never forget.

But it seems that is exactly what we are doing. The toll of the Nazi extermination camp was not 6 million. It was 12 million — 6 million Jews, and another 6 million who weren’t Jews. The categories seem like a cross-section of the outliers of German society: Communists, homosexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Slavs, Russians, the physically or mentally disabled, and just about anyone who was anti-Nazi. These people were put into the same factories whose product was death.

The Nazis’ goal was not just the extermination of the Jews. It was to purify the German race. The Nazi elite had a vision and a plan, and if you were not part of that plan, you were to be removed like a weed from a garden.

The next time we’re asked to remember the Holocaust, remember the other victims, too.

DANIEL BECKFIELD, New Brighton

 

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