As professionals, we are dismayed that priest continued to work with young people.
The article (“Silent about abuse, church helped priest to advise kids,” June 8) about the Rev. Timothy McCarthy said that despite his alleged sexual abuse of children, the church never shared his history. He then got a graduate degree and was licensed as a social worker. As clinical social workers, we are dismayed to learn that he had been licensed despite suspected violations of both Minnesota law and social work’s code of ethics.
Minnesota’s social-work licensure law prohibits sexual abuse by therapists. A major goal of this law is to prevent physical, social and emotional harm to members of the public.
As clinical social workers, we deplore the church administrators who apparently failed to adhere to the law or to their conscience. They hid information that would have prevented not only McCarthy’s licensure as a social worker, but also his employment as a student counselor and his continuing capacity to harm teens and young adults.
We hope public exposure results in much greater public support for healing those who have been harmed and for protecting our young people from ever being so abused again.
The preceding letter was signed by the following members of the Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work: Elizabeth Bohun, Beverly Caruso, Christie Cuttell, Elizabeth Horton, Sue Johnston, Tamara Kaiser, Harriet Kohen, Carol Schrier and Connie Schweigert.
Majority leader’s loss can be explained
Incumbents like U.S. Rep Eric Cantor should be forewarned. Although political pundits are blaming a Tea Party revolution for a powerful majority leader’s defeat in a primary, I hope it is much simpler than that (“Tea Party defeats top GOP leader,” June 11). Maybe voters are fed up with the do-nothing Congress. As the election approaches, my U.S. senator and representative are boosting that they have helped small businesses get better-trained job applicants and are fighting to revamp school nutrition. Both voted along party lines. I started to list the things they should be legislating, but the Star Tribune points them out far better than I can. Vote ’em all out.
James M. Becker, Lakeville
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So what are we to take away from Eric Cantor’s epic defeat in Virginia? Simply this. No pols — not even those who are deeply entrenched in their radicalized party — are immune to the will of the people. Want political change? Show up and vote for it!
Barbara J. Gilbertson, Eagan
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Eric Cantor will be thanking the voters for throwing him out of office. Soon after he departs, a lucrative lobbyist position will be offered to him and he will be earning far more than he ever made as a congressman. As I have repeated to my kids many times: “It isn’t what you know, it is who you know.”
Dick Nevala, Big Lake, Minn.
No reason for story to give tot’s ethnicity
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