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If Vatican needs clarity on abuse, it should consult Christian moral texts

IN THE Sunday Globe article ”Pope softening tone, not stance, says O’Malley” (Page A1, Feb. 9), Cardinal Sean O’Malley says the Vatican needs national bishops’ conferences to provide “some clarity about what the expectations are around the world” with regard to allegations of child sexual abuse by priests.

How can Cardinal O’Malley seriously believe that human decency, moral principles, and legal statutes are not enough guidance for church leaders when dealing with child abuse?

Does he not believe the molestation and rape of children are inherently wrong, even in the absence of clarity in church policies? If the bishops of the church need clarity on these issues, they need to read the 2,000-year record of Christian writings on ethics and morals.

Robert Duncan