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Popes deserve greater scrutiny [Letter]

The pending sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII may be a bit rushed ("St. Pius X parishioners recall role in visit of Pope John Paul II," April 23).

Both were allegedly cognizant that under their tenure there were heinous sexual crimes supposedly committed by men of the cloth, men of the Roman Catholic Church, in parishes around the world. This is a plea from a former Roman Catholic for the Vatican to become transparent in a time when anything less is simply unacceptable.

I cannot consciously affiliate myself with a church that has always had myriad global issues that are still heavily cloaked in secrecy, darkness and deception.

Being Roman Catholic in this era means that one has to accept the teachings of the Vatican, even though it is still one of the most secretive societies in the world. Before we place these two men on the highest pedestal, let's take time to reassess whether they are truly worthy of sainthood.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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