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Dramatic connection.

NCR's editorials in the Nov. 29-Dec. 12 issue have a very dramatic connection. "Failed leaders" and "The moral universe inverted" provide the readers with a connection which should not be missed. Ina time when bishops and cardinals invert a moral judgement and put church image ahead of the welfare of children, the world is certainly upside down.

When a president pardons war criminals, and at the same time courts vehement Christians, the world is certainly askew. Once again, our minds whirl as we consider the times in which we live.


Thiensville, Wisconsin

Your editorial on the U.S. bishops' conference is spot on, thank you.

I would add simply that the church is a public institution and is answerable to its constituents, just like a public corporation is to its shareholders. That requires oversight by a board that is balanced for expertise and outlook, comprising theologians and monks, yes, but also lawyers, psychologists, and financial experts. It might include one or two sitting bishops in an ex-officio capacity, but, most importantly for the U.S. bishops' conference consideration would be the 50 percent of women on that board which would obviously include nuns and sisters.

This board needs to embrace the diversity our Lord created and not just the ethnicity, language and cultures found amongst the faithful. As a psychotherapist, I witness on a daily basis the results of the ordained men of our church practicing well beyond their skill set. It is past time to address the injustice that has brought about.


San Jose, California

Cartoons are pictorial messages that impact us with truths and ironies more powerfully than paragraphs of words, even as they reinforce the words.

The editorial wove me through a multitude of emotions with its headline caption "War criminals pardoned, the moral universe inverted" that its cartoon summarized. How can we put this cartoon on billboards to face genuine inverted verity and reality?.


St. Paul, Minnesota

I agree that most Catholics are no longer accepting these "failed leaders," as these failed leaders are more interested in garnering attention and accolades simply because they are the bishops who have their own agenda, regardless of the expected agenda of the pope.

Catholics are expected to do as they say, believe what they tell us, act deferentially toward them because they are superior to us. Bishops ensure the faithful can always identify them, as they are majestically clad in long robes and red hats. Many longtime Catholics still kneel in greeting and kiss the bishop's ring as they believe it is the appropriate protocol in greeting a bishop.

It is my opinion that bishops be chosen by some form of election, selection or process by clergy and Catholic people. I expect that a chosen leader would stand out by his/her goodness and charity, by his/her relationship with and opinions of the people with whom that bishop relates on a regular basis. A good person attracts like good people in his/her words and deeds, not fancy trappings of office.


Cutchogue, New York

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Hertz, Karl; Hill, Richard; Kock, Helen T.; McQuaid, Jean
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:Jan 24, 2020
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