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10/22/2012 10:51:00 AM
This is how it's done
Catholic Sentinel by Gerry Lewin
Archbishop Vlazny censes gifts during this month's Rosary Bowl.
Catholic Sentinel by Gerry Lewin
Archbishop Vlazny censes gifts during this month's Rosary Bowl.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

Archbishop John G. Vlazny is a man of goodness and grace. To read his column “A Child Betrayed,” despite its tragic subject, made me want wings to fly to every diocese and cry, “See, see this is how it should be done.” Evil has touched us but nothing is swept under the rug, everything is out in the open, except what is private — the name of the boy involved.

In my 11 years living in Portland, I have learned to trust the judgment of our wise shepherd and I trust him now about the loan to Father Perez. An archbishop is to be a father to his priests. Those of us who are parents and know other parents are aware that most children make one proud. But we know too that a child can do such evil that a parent is heartsick, may feel a moment or more of anger where murder sounds attractive, and may even feel physically nauseated.

Yet because every child is entrusted to the parent by God to be reared for Heaven, there is no getting past the parental responsibility to pray for the evildoer’s salvation and to do what can be done to help. In this spirit of spiritual fatherhood, our archbishop can surely be proud of his sons, the priests of the diocese; but now that one has done something heinous, whatever Archbishop Vlazny’s personal feelings, he is carrying out his fatherly obligation with charity.

Patricia Treece, Portland

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