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Letter: Puzzled by earlier letter
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

I'm sure other readers were as puzzled as I was to read Marybeth Mataya's letter to the editor hinting at continuing dissension at St. Patrick's Church. Without more information on the issues in conflict, it's difficult to determine what's going on.

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If the current priest is the target of threats or other harassment from persons outside of the church, perhaps we as community members need to be informed with a detailed news story. Perhaps law enforcement should be involved.

However, if the current troubles at St. Patrick's are strictly internal and Parr is being abused by members of his own parish, then why should this be considered a community issue?

I know there are many terrific, socially progressive people who call St. Patrick's their church home, and who do great things in the community. Some have become good friends of mine, although religion is not the tie that binds us.

For most of the 13 years I have lived in Hudson, it has been clear to me that there also is a small group of what I would call pathologically religious, ultra-conservative Catholics who are also members of St. Patrick's Church. They preach their own brand of moral purity and are quick to label those who don't buy their views "murderers" and "Nazis" and "immoral." They seem to want their church to return to the Middle Ages, and found a hero in Ryan Erickson, who apparently articulated their vision of Catholicism.

Perhaps this group of ultra-conservative parishioners is not responsible for the current troubles at St. Patrick's. It is not appropriate for me to assume so.

What I do know for certain is that if the matter referred to by Mataya in her letter is indeed a product of parish infighting, it clearly is not a matter of community concern. Throw the bums out!

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