After reading The letter from FR. Jeff Lewis about the verbal abuse he endured outside of his church, I could not help reflecting on how far down the slippery slope of disrespectful conduct and immoral speech we have slid in my lifetime. I will be 75 in a few days and I can remember the time when it was unthinkable to even consider yelling obscenities to any adult let alone a Catholic priest.
I accept responsibility for this decline in acceptable behavior along with every other Christian and moral person for failing to speak out loudly and clearly whenever we witness such an event. It’s time we took the initiative to stand up to this abuse. Kudos to Father Jeff for reminding us of our duties in the education of our Young people.