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Just leave victims alone

To the editor:
 

I’d like to comment on a previous letter about the day of reconciliation at Notre Dame Retreat Center for the victims of defective priests.
 

The bishops’ closet doors have been opened. The victims — the skeletons — are free to come forth. Why should they?
 

Our society has, for a long time, believed the myth that the victim is guilty of the crime. I myself, in my own strange way, have for 50 years accepted this tenet. The victim should not have to ask forgiveness. The victim should not be charged with the crime.
 

The closet doors are indeed opened. I, for one, am not comfortable putting myself in a situation where I am made to feel that I’ve done something wrong. I don’t want to be expected to give blind respect to someone who has abused me, just because he’s an ordained Catholic priest.
 

We have no agenda. We don’t seek reconciliation. We don’t seek validation. We don’t seek recognition. We seek only to be left alone.
 

Any effort to establish a ministry to those who have been abused by priests is doomed to failure because of the reasons above.
 

David J. Scheible

Mount Pleasant Street

Naples

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