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Regarding "Benedict's defense may mean tainting John Paul II" (NCR, May 14): How can John Allen label revealing the truth about John Paul's mishandling of sex abuse within the church as a defense of Benedict? The truth that is coming out is tainting both men and many more of the church's hierarchy. The truth can and needs to be especially brutal in this case. What these men in their powerful positions allowed to continue with full knowledge is an abomination.'A single child abused at the hands of a Catholic clergy is an abomination. John Paul obviously did not understand his obligation to protect and defend innocent children. Though considered a saint by many during his lifetime, this major character flaw should stop any effort to canonize him. We do not need this "bury your head in the sand" behavior held up as something to emulate.

KATHERINE HESS

San Antonio

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Hess, Katherine
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 11, 2010
Words:150
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