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Does the Catholic Church need PR help?

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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:00 am

Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic U.S. bishops in a story that appeared June 15. Whatever became of religious values put forward by Christ, such as helping the poor and disadvantaged?

The bishops have had a hand in the sex abuse scandal, attacks on nuns and now the fight with the government over contraception coverage. Bishop Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton, inherited the sorry Oliver O'Grady affair in Lodi from retired L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony. Blaire stood alongside Michael Kelly during the sex abuse civil trial, which went against Kelly, and saw this man flee to Ireland.

The Nazis had a wonderful propaganda machine, but it was no match for the determination of free people. The bishops can embrace communication tools, but will they change their way of conducting church business? They are now embarked on the fruitless adventure of "Forthright for Freedom" and have issued our first, most cherished freedoms as church salvos in the contraception controversy.

This is hardly the time to park one's car near a parish church with an Obama bumper sticker. Not advertised is that former Catholics are now the nation's second-largest religious group.

Tom Sullivan

Lodi

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