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Avoiding ‘witch hunts’

May 15, 2015
Greg Smith
San Francisco

I was pleased to read Archbishop Cordileone’s statement that he doesn’t want “witch hunts” in our archdiocese. It might be helpful to see what a witch hunt looks like so we can avoid them. As Catholic Relief Services is facing one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in its history, an obscure group in Partlow, Virginia, the Lepanto Institute, fished around in public records and discovered that the CRS vice president for overseas finance, a 16-year veteran of the agency, married another man two years ago, and complained. CRS, busy with the Nepal crisis, has only responded that they are “in deliberations.”

The people of Nepal don’t care that one of the key players expediting aid to them got “gay married” two years ago nor, in my opinion, does God. Neither CRS nor the church needs this un-Christian kind of thing happening. I pray this kind of spiritual cancer doesn’t metastasize to our blessed archdiocese.

The writer is a parishioner of St. Monica Parish, San Francisco.

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