The Portland Oregonian had extensive coverage last Sunday about the problems of the Portland
Archdicese and the abuse lawsuits. There was a picture of one of the accusers in the paper. It
took me awhile-I suddenly realized that I had graduated with this man's sister. I couldn't help
wondering if she had run into problems too.
Later that day, I listened to some cousins talk about how many parishes the local priest has to
cover. Darn it, the church isn't the real estate, it isn't the heirarchy, it's the people. It's my
cousins, and my classmate, and her brother. They are not well-served.