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Hang in there.

* The two columns in the June 3 edition of NCR, one by Rosemary Ruether and one by Richard McBrien, together made your Page 20-21 spread a veritable homage to "a leadership adrift." Nevertheless, both writers offered some suggestions for improving the situation. And because of this hopefulness, I was somewhat encouraged by the two articles.

But then I turned the page and found two heartbreaking letters to the editor from Mr. Robert Heidrich in San Diego and Mr. Kevin O'Brien in Ohio. I was nearly brought to tears as I read their "resignation" from the church and the fight. They described what the church has become for so many good and faithful Catholics: a panicked institution that does not understand, care about or reflect the lived values, struggles and goodwill of its people--only of its bishops.

Pews are empty, collections down, and now people are publishing their despair and their leave-taking. I wish these men would stay and fight. They sound like good Catholics to me.

Hang in there, Messrs. Heidrich and O'Brien. It doesn't take a village--just one person, and I believe there is a leader of importance out there who didn't hand in his testosterone along with his brain.


Paterson, N.J.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Lambro, Edward G.
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 15, 2005
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