Letter: Sensationalist headline
Re “Pembroke parents accuse Concord priest of making sexual comments to son” (concordmonitor.com, Feb. 26):
I can’t say I’m surprised at the sensationalist and misleading nature of the headline on Tricia L. Nadolny’s article. What are headlines for except to attract gullible readers? And since it has been open season on the Catholic Church and priests in particular for the past decade across all major media outlets, I’m not surprised the parents of this poor teen – and now the Monitor – are cashing in on the hunt.
The headline implies that a priest has propositioned a student in a sexual nature. In actuality, as reported, this lawsuit has accused this priest of nothing more than doing his job as a confessor – which is to ask about a teen’s involvement or lack thereof in what the Church considers sin (regardless of your own views on what constitutes sin) – and then his job as a caretaker of his flock by following up with care and concern. Parents sending their children to Catholic schools should not be surprised by such pointed questions about sexuality. And they should be pleased by someone’s actual caring about their child’s responsible consideration of sexual involvement and its effect on his growth as a human being.
The fact that Nadolny and the Monitor consider this lawsuit newsworthy shows how little discrimination, taste and sense of justice you really have. You’re just as interested in a payday as the parents.