June 17th. 2002
Sent to but not published in the Boston Globe

Your story on the drastic drop of funding for the Catholic charities provides two more indicators that the Archbishop's office still doesn't get it.

First Chancellor Smith, commenting on the plans of Voice of the Faithful to bypass the chancery and provide funds directly to the operating charities, says "To the extent that people go off on their own and establish their own priorities for funding programs, I don't think that is proper." Most of us non-Catholics have been making our own decisions about charitable donations for years.

Second, this same man states that money will flow into the archdiocesan coffers once people feel that "the church is not being ripped off by a bunch of plaintiff's lawyers." Really! Without the actions of the victims and their lawyers (and the press), this malfeasance in the church would never have come to light.