2012-05-04 / Letters

A Sin To Be Opinionated?

Dear Editor,

On April 13, I tearfully read my loving husband, Chris Cataldo’s obituary in The Wave. I also read a letter to the editor, about Anonymous’ unpleasant experience at Easter Sunday Mass in St. Camillus Church.

It’s amazing to me how they knew Father Richard’s jokes made Father Dunne so uncomfortable. How sure they were about the young boy being excited about being at mass.

They also knew Father Richard’s scolding mortified the grandfather of the child. Then with their keen hearing from the pew, they heard other disgusted parishioners saying they would never come back to this church again.

Their insightful analysis of this young boy’s fears in the years to come is something else.

For them to characterize Father Richard Ahlemeyer as a person who is distasteful, discomforting, disgusting, and causing children to cry is more than a bit much!

Father Richard came for my husband’s service. Our family and friends were moved by him. He gave us a wonderful service of God’s love, hope, sympathy, support and some jokes, which made us happy. And I received a few phone calls remarking how wonderful he made us all feel.

I can understand why that anonymous letter ended with “NAME WITHHELD.” I hope it’s not a sin to be so opinionated at an Easter Sunday mass. I will end my letter with,


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