The New York Times, June
Church Abuse Case
Letter To the Editor:
Re Cardinals Aide Is Found Guilty in Abuse Case (front page, June 23):
Msgr. William J. Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment by the state but not by the church. Indeed, the church assisted in his defense. He retains the honorific title of monsignor, and he is not suspended from the practice of priestly ministry.
When pressed, the church has belatedly applied punishments to priests credibly accused as child abusers and rapists. As this case shows, enabling that abuse merits no punishment in current church jurisprudence. The church has not risen to the standards of the state when it comes to protecting children.
DANIEL C. MAGUIRE
Milwaukee, June 24, 2012
The writer is a professor of theology at Marquette University.
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