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The headline of a story in the Dec. 22-28 edition of the Bayside Times read, “Bayside priest jailed for 5 years.”

With all due respect to the technical dictionary definition of the word “priest,” which includes those ordained in Christianity per se, when most people see the term priest, the Catholic Church comes to mind.

That being said, with all of the terrible publicity the Catholic Church has recently endured, much of which is warranted, there really does not appear to be a need to unnecessarily add further condemnation to this institution.

Many Protestant denominations use the term “minister” to describe their clergy, so perhaps a little more sensitivity in terminology could have been implemented in the headline.

Susan Broderick

Bayside

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Douglas Reilly from Flushing says:
Ms. Broderick:

They couldn't care less about accuracy. I agree with you about the Catholic Church's getting some very deserved bad publicity-and they did deserve it in most cases. That said, when an allegation was found to be false, the retraction (or correction) was usually found buried deep in the paper.

I feel that any cleric, regardless of creed, should ahve their crimes brought to the fore-indeed, I demand it! However, the media lets many religions off the hook and don not report crimes-they just report on the Catholics-whether founded in fact or not.

Anti-Catholicsm is alive and well in the United States-and the only bias that is politically correct...
Jan. 18, 2012, 10:12 pm

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