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Catholic Church leaders must change.

When the mayor of San Diego sexually harassed women in his employ he was forced to resign. When a priest in Millbury extends his arms for a warm hug after verbally chastising his employees, what happens to him? ("Assumption School beset by resignations and discord,'' Telegram & Gazette, Aug. 22).

What this priest and some of his colleagues do not know is what the Bible says: There is "a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.''

After a woman has been debased by a man -- whether he is aware he did so or not -- the last thing she wants from him is a hug. Mature men, men experienced with women, know this. Fr. LaPalme obviously does not.

If a public school hired an uncertified, inexperienced person to administer an elementary school, the hue and cry would be deafening.

The diocese is free to do whatever it wants in this regard, but you reap what you sow when you put people in positions of authority who are unskilled in running a school.

I believe every word the women at Assumption School said about how they were treated. I had an identical experience at a church where I volunteered. I was astonished and mortified. Misogyny, immaturity, self-centeredness, all cloaked in an authoritarian collar.

Unless church leadership changes, fewer and fewer people will respect it. The days of "pay, pray and obey'' are over, gentlemen.

RUTH HIGGINS

Worcester
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Sep 11, 2013
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