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  1. Michael Skiendzielewski

    With all of the pain, suffering and heartache poured out on this website by victims and their families in light of the “healing Mass” in Philadelphia last weekend, I just cannot contain my outrage and disgust that Archbishop Chaput would use the following phrase in his sermon:

    “…..”the negligence of the church’s pastors”…..”

    (If anything, the statement should have been “the negligence of the church’s BISHOPS AND CARDINALS”)

    The decision-making and/or conduct relative to clergy abuse allegations most definitely WAS NOT negligence. From the initial notification of such an allegation, all action, decision making, etc. was calculated, conscious and deliberately made by leadership down at 222 N. 17th St. in conjunction with legal counsel. How dare he minimize the deliberate actions of Church leadership by referring to it as “negligence.” This writer has posted several examples in the past of archdiocesan legal counsel’s statements which reflect a very deliberate, calculating and precise understanding and perspective which guided the decision-making in such matters.

    Archbishop Chaput, while you’re jetting over to Rome in company with elected officials and business leaders who continue to OPPOSE valuable legislation which would help to protect ALL the Commonwealth’s children, consider this:

    NEGLIGENCE: Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances.

    Deliberately deciding to turn one’s back on the suffering, pain and degradation of the youngest of the Church’s faithful and failing to act on the criminal conduct of certain clergy under the leadership’s supervision and control isn’t negligence. You know that and every Philadelphia area Catholic knows it as well.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.