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A better explanation for clergy abuse
Pat Ferguson Hanson (“… A window into the culture that protected pedophile priests,” April 23) attempts to blame the prevalence of pedophilia in the Roman Catholic clergy on gay men attracted to the priesthood as cover, who then somehow become pedophiles under the stress of self-denied sex. This seems implausible to me. Much more plausible is that the priesthood disproportionately attracts men who are already pedophiles, at least in tendency, and who also want a reasonable cover for their lack of adult sexual relationships along with trusted access to children. This would result in a higher prevalence of pedophiles without the added supposition of sex denial leading to pedophilia.
Tim Church, St. Paul
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The April 23 commentary offered a seemingly rational explanation underlying sexual abuse of children by priests with the insight of 60 years as a Catholic. Unfortunately the author closed with the assertion that church administrators have learned an “expensive lesson” that “laws are meant to be kept” and “courts do exact their pound of flesh.” I fail to see that and wish that it were true.
Bob Reid, Bloomington
An experiment that will swiftly play itself out
Harold Meyerson seems quite pleased with mayors such as Minneapolis’s Betsy Hodges and New York’s Bill de Blasio (“Big cities ride a new progressive wave,” April 25). With any luck, their policies will have these cities just like Detroit in no time at all.
Dave Remes, Northfield
Ultimately, some will be harmed by increase
I think that everyone agrees that we need to help hardworking individuals stuck in low-paying jobs. Gail Rosenblum, in her April 24 column “A realistic view of the minimum wage hike,” did a nice job highlighting two individuals who will be helped by the new law. However, as Milton Friedman said, “The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills.” I wonder whether we will also see a story about people who find that the wage has priced them and their limited job skills out of the labor market.
Fritz Cleveland, Golden Valley
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