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Letter: Catholic priests accused of abuse deserve our forgiveness

In the letter to the editor entitled "Allowing Apuron to remain a priest, another failure of the Catholic Church." may remain a priest. Since we do not know the details, we must be careful not to judge too quickly.

It may be that the incidents were deeply regretted and confessed 30, 40 years ago, and the man became a saint and rendered great service to the people of his diocese. We all know people who did evil things, recognized their obvious behavior, repented, and became very good people who contributed to society.

If we truly repent, God forgives us. Our God is a God of Mercy, and He wants us to be merciful too. In most cases of sexual abuse that we hear and read about, the terrible behavior of men in positions of power such as a pastor or a seminar leader has been carried out. You can be sure that the priest, who was allowed by the Vatican to remain a priest, is not given a leadership role. He can be so old that he is now retired. If he is able to serve, he will probably be assigned to an office job, a role that is appropriate for him. Today, one can be sure that a decision such as that made for Anthony Apuron has been thoroughly investigated and discussed.

Concerning the fear that he may stay a priest because he can still remain a priest, he will continue to receive the benefits ̵

1; we do not know the details. Since he had worked as a bishop, he was apparently known to be very good for a long period of time. Men who are appointed bishops are those highly recommended by priests and others in their diocese. After having studied all the details of the situation, the Vatican judges, having abolished his role as bishop, found that he was allowed to be a priest. I believe we can trust that there were good reasons why the judges had decided that in this case it was appropriate to allow the man to remain a priest for the rest of his days.

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