Letters to the editor
While I sympathize with the parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church over the surprise resignation of the Rev. Richard Mickey, I must add a word of caution to their emotional response.
Although Father Mickey has not been found guilty of anything, in the current atmosphere every allegation must be taken very seriously and brought to a final and correct conclusion.
After the mess in Boston, (Cardinal Bernard Law), Los Angeles, (Cardinal Roger Mahoney) and other places, including Tennessee, the Catholic Church can ill-afford another major attack on its credibility in dealing with priests who abuse children. Mickey was correct in resigning and the diocese was correct in confirming that Mickey would not be doing any public ministry.However, I was disappointed that I did not see a denial in Mickey's resignation statement and also that he was unavailable for comment the day after he stepped down.
Scandal is not the worst thing that can happen to the Catholic Church. The worst thing that can happen is the abuse of children. I realize there is a shortage of priests, but we can't sacrifice our children to help maintain our priest population.