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CARDINAL WAS RIGHT TO SPEAK OUT

Your June 19 editorial, "Politics and punishment," is a lesson in obfuscation, best left as a sample in some second-rate political science class. Please don't lecture the clergy on proper behavior. The issue is the performance of elected officials.

To be called Catholic connotes many things: faith, high moral standards, discipline and integrity.

Some politicians present themselves as Catholics at election time but really do not display the necessary discipline when assailed by highly visible forces at a time of crisis. The lop-sided publicity afforded the cause of abortion apparently is enough to dilute the integrity of the Cuomos, Rangels and Moynihans.

My main complaint with Catholic clergy is that they have not said enough on the question of abortion. More power to Cardinal O'Connor, we need more like him.

LESLIE S. SMITH
Tonawanda

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