Dear editorial staff,
The day after Easter you publish an opinion piece called â€œPractice What You Preachâ€ that really doesnâ€™t seem very â€œChristian.â€
There are problems in every religion, there are adulterous and pedophile priests in every denomination of Christianity and you have taken a common and shallow approach to this issue.
Yes, there are many disturbing cases of abuse and cover-up in several Catholic Archdiocese around the country and the Vatican has not taken the right approach to dealing with those issues; I am not standing up for those priests nor those religious leaders who allowed them to abuse people in their trust. But, what you have conveniently left out of your statement are the episodes where an Episcopalian, Baptist, Lutheran, Evangelical, Methodist ministers have abused their positions of power and trust. Look them up, do a little work as journalists to investigate stories that other â€œChristiansâ€ try to cover up about their own religions.Â
Instead you have jumped on yet another â€œhip college kidâ€ bandwagon; that the Catholics are to blame. It would have been more Christian in this Easter season to call all people of
religion to be agents of truth and responsibility rather than to lay blame and scorn.
I would rather see the opinion page of the Collegian sharing new ideas, new stories and new opinions.
Unfortunately, you have made your opinion of Catholics unflinchingly clear. There are many on this campus and they may feel the sting of your article in a way that would do little to unite and promote diversity on campus.Â
Emily Deister is a junior liberal arts major.