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Priests should have been contacted

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, February 3, 2004

To our readers:

A letter to the editor from Edward Fitzpatrick in the Jan. 29 edition of The Observer criticized Father Richard McBrien and Bishop Daniel Jenky, implying that both McBrien and Jenky were aware of and covered up sexual abuse allegations.

We apologize to both McBrien and Jenky that they were not contacted and given a chance to respond to Fitzpatrick’s claims before his letter appeared in print. To correct this oversight, The Observer printed a letter from McBrien on Jan. 30 in which the Notre Dame professor addressed Fitzpatrick’s claims. Today, The Observer is publishing a letter from Jenky, currently the bishop of Peoria, Ill., responding to the original Jan. 29 letter.

Andrew Soukup, Editor in ChiefScott Brodfuehrer, Managing EditorSarah Vabulas, Viewpoint Editor