Pope meeting in February to discuss clergy sex abuse

We were informed Pope Francis has called for all the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican in February to discuss the issue of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

As we pray for the success of these meetings, we are hopeful the expectations and results will be shared with us. We have recently witnessed the publishing of the Diocesan reports on the abuse and cover up involving most levels of our church leadership. With positive action from our church now, we should begin to heal.

I continue to support and pray for all priests of integrity. Please pray the meetings will result in full accountability and transparency, including greater lay involvement at all levels, to help support our church leadership to act swiftly in dealing with this crisis.

Ed Paparella, Clinton

 

Majority leader needs lesson in government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quoted on Jan. 2 as saying that he will not allow any bill to come to the floor of the Senate unless President Trump will sign it.

That is not the way it works. When both houses of Congress pass a bill, the president either signs it or vetoes it. If two-thirds of both houses override the veto, it becomes law.

Congress is not an appendage of the executive branch of government but one of three equal branches. Will 51 other Republican senators explain this to their majority leader?

Jerome F. Weber, Utica