Cycle of abuse will continue
EDITOR: Your editorial about the Santa Rosa diocese’s list of clergy believed to have abused children (“Church Shines Spotlight on Own Darkness,” Jan. 15) was the most articulate I’ve read these recent days. It hits the nail on the head. Not many have described this cycle of media revelations, purported transparency and then often renewed cover up of various forms as “cycles of abuse” themselves. I guess they are. Let’s hope that cycle is over, but I don’t think it is.
There still is the refusal to count the two bishops, or to acknowledge that the abuses that have occurred in the past and recently at Hanna Boys Center, also are crimes under the auspices of the bishop. I suspect Bishop Vasa wants to keep the limelight off Hanna because those convictions are so fresh, and highlighting them may attract more reports - a simple limitation of liability strategy.
Mark Hurley was the bishop during the times of Reverends Timmons and Keegan. Bishop Ziemann came after and he was corrupt. So was Walsh. They all either abused or covered up, and now Vasa minimizes in his own way, I believe you’ll be hearing about even more priests as this news trickles out to the families of parishioners past and present.
Lincoln-Douglas, Sonoma version
EDITOR: I challenge Rep. Mike Thompson to a debate - again. I ran against the congressman in 2018, and challenged him then, but he must not have received my letter, which I also sent to the Index-Tribune offices, but never saw it printed in the newspaper. Nor did Thompson see me at a half dozen of his town halls holding a sign that said, “Debate me, Mike.” We were supposed to have a candidate forum, but due to an unfair bi-law of the League of Women Voters, it was canceled when the congressman said he was unavailable, which prevented the voices of three candidates from being heard.
Well, there’s no election, now. We have more than a year and a half before the next one, so there’s lots of time, and no reason for excuses. Let’s have a series of six debates in different cities in the district- Martinez, Vallejo, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Kelseyville. We’ll be like a modern day Lincoln and Douglass. Let’s do it, not because of a past election or coming one, but because it will be great for the people of this district, not just to hear different opinions, but to be included in the discussion. Let’s even include former Republican candidate Charles Schaupp. All voices should be heard. Together we can bring some depth to the conversation and show all of the people how to listen to each other - something folks aren’t doing enough of these days. C’mon, Mike. Let’s try to bring the people together.
Former Green Congressional candidate
Taking mean-spirited to extremes
EDITOR: Not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
To say we live in an imperfect world is a cliché-worthy understatement. But to loudly and vigorously object to a church aiding homeless people in need (“Neighbors Vow to Shut Down Homeless Shelter,” Dec. 21) is a mean-spirited and selfish act of singular note.
Such is the case of the neighbors of the Sonoma Alliance Church on Watmaugh Road who object to the church offering winter housing to some homeless folks. Congratulations, church neighbors, you’ve reached a new low in the long, sad tale of Sonoma NIMBY history.