Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam Miller - a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:
"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most
important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of
10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American
taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals,
which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country.
They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming
adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant
clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual
contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior;
17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Not to mention coaches, teachers and Boy Scout leaders. Even our
own Jewish rabbis. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the
Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had
expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the
church has been receiving. The Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably
been totally weeded out by now.
Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental
agency in the United States . Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient
paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride
and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you're a Catholic."
God bless you and keep you and your family safe today.
Father Brian F. Kelly, Ph.D.
Cathedral Catholic High School
San Diego, CA 92130
Cell Phone: 858-353-7325
Office Phone: 858-523-4000x1106
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