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Church’s message to remain silent is contemptible


I drive down Elm Street most every day, so I’ve seen most of the postings on the sign at St. Pius X. Some are meaningful, some humorous, some helpful, but others are destructive to human intellect and moral behavior.

I think the latest sign’s a disgrace. It states that if you remain silent, you’ll never regret it. But if you speak, you will often regret it. Is there a more immoral, self-serving suggestion than this?

Before giving such awful advice, please think of the millions of Germans who wished that they had not remained silent about the death camps. Think of Pope Pius XII. Perhaps he could have said that any Catholic who served Hitler would be immediately excommunicated, which would have left Hitler with few troops in a nation that was majority Catholic, rather than signing a treaty with Hitler, the Concordat, protecting only the Catholic Church. I’m sure he regretted his silence and lack of outrage at the Nazi atrocities. Think of anyone, anywhere who remained silent as they witnessed injustice, and lived to wish they had spoken against it.

Please do not encourage silence. It is not admirable.

Michael Kelly

Westerly



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