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* Regarding the front-page article "Philadelphia's fall" (NCR, April 1): Does anyone else find it curious or suspiciously strange the diocesan secretary of priests is charged with allegedly permitting "dangerous" priests to be reassigned to where they had access to children, but no similar charges are made against the bishop? As "chief shepherd," would he not be seriously negligent in his duties and/or guilty of the same charge? What bishop does not participate in or have final word on clergy assignments in his diocese? I am also curious and find it suspiciously strange that in separate interviews, as the article states, neither Teresa Kettelkamp (executive secretary for the bishops' Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection), nor Ana Maria Catanzaro (Philadelphia archdiocese review board chair and member of the National Review Board), nor Nick Cafardi (member of the original National Review Board) list among their concerns the absence of any penalties for bishops guilty of "mishandling" and/or actively participating in the abuse cover-up. There is an 800-pound gorilla in the sanctuary but Mass goes on as usual.

DAN SPARAPANI

Marquette, Mich.

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Sparapani, Dan
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 15, 2011
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