Just some thoughts on the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and Bishop Paul Sirba's handling of the Fr. William Graham case ("Accused of abuse, Duluth priest countersues," July 2).
I can only imagine the frustration of Fr. Graham, his friends, and family. It's certainly possible Fr. Graham is taking the fall for all of the bishops and priests who failed the Catholic Church with regard to abuse cases.
However, emotions aside, it's also clear Bishop Sirba and any other bishop in his position has to proceed slowly in these cases. To err on the side of caution has to become the norm. That's far better than bishops ignoring victims and simply assigning priests to different parishes.
A letter to the editor on Dec. 15, "Truth must prevail in Fr. Graham matter," took action to another level by calling for Bishop Sirba step aside. This would bring us to a point where bishops should be relieved of their duties or step down if they side with the priests or, as in this case, the alleged victim. How do they succeed?
Being a Catholic bishop might be the most difficult job in the U.S., if not the world, right now. How do you judge cases that are decades old with perpetrators often deceased? Quite carefully, I would think.
Let's let the process unfold and pray for justice. I know Bishop Sirba and Fr. James Bissonette, the vicar general for the diocese, to be good men. I trust their judgment and dedication to their faith and followers.