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If values are the criteria, Southie route will be pretty bare Sunday

Brother Thomas Dalton, principal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, argues in his March 13 letter that only those who reflect Catholic values should be allowed to march in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Southie (“A lot of nerve to force secularist vision on us”). If that is the case, then people who are divorced should not be allowed to march; nor should people who view pornography, have sex prior to marriage, and support capital punishment, since these actions are all against values as defined by the church.

There are two significant values that Dalton misses: “He who is without sin, cast the first stone” and “Love your neighbor as yourself for the love of God.” It would appear that he and those who would agree with his point of view have also violated church teachings.

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If we apply his criteria, the parade will be very small this year.

Robert E. Rosenthal

South Easton

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