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Letters: Church must scrutinize its own selection practices

In the current turmoil of sex abuse scandals within the Catholic diocese of Buffalo, I am baffled by the incongruities in addressing this problem.

Ceasing the adoption and foster care programs under the auspices of Catholic charities is an additional affront to the lay community. Catholic charities aspires to serve all and finding loving homes for children in need is a most worthwhile cause.

It is supremely hypocritical to oppose an adoption proceeding by a gay couple when sexual molestations within the hierarchy of the church were perpetrated by men who were most likely offspring of heterosexual marriages and Catholic indoctrination. Clearly, these individuals should not have been in contact with children. Under civil law these perpetrators would be prosecuted for their crimes.

Unless the church addresses these issues and scrutinizes its practices for selection into the priesthood it may be on the verge of another schism.

Helen M. Shoff

West Seneca

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