There might be a few other reasons Catholics have drifted from pews

The absurdity of Jennifer Graham’s focus on the church organ as the key reason for Catholics being driven away from their church pews is only outmatched by the Globe’s willingness to legitimize such ignorance and venom as “opinion” (“Save the church! (kill the organs),” Op-ed, Oct. 25).

Can Graham seriously not think of any other reason other than organs that might have driven Catholics from their churches? What about the sex-abuse scandal and the Vatican’s position on topics such as female priesthood, homosexuality, contraception, and women’s rights to control their bodies?

Then again, the only organ piece she seems to know about is Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Research and breadth of understanding don’t seem to be her forte.


Clearly, some people don’t like organ music, just as some people don’t like reading newspapers. However, trashing either is not the answer, and should have been beneath the Globe.

Andrew E. Clarkson


The writer is director of music and organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline.