Catholic Church investigation sparks debate

"My recommendation is for the government to stay out."

Paul Kurtz
October 19, 2018 - 9:39 pm
Catholic church



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Word of the federal investigation into the Catholic Church has ignited debate among the faithful and insiders. 

Father Lingutla Balaswamy is a Catholic priest from Madras, India, visiting Philadelphia just as word got out about the federal government's investigation into clergy abuse. He welcomes the probe but doesn't believe it will amount to much.

"There may one or two involved, yes. But the law will take its own course. So we don't have to worry about it," he said. 

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But many parishioners are greatly worried about it.

"It's really disappointing, it's heartbreaking. But it's not gonna go away, so something that happens quickly and transparently is the solution," said one parishioner. 

Kalil Diaz is steadfast in his belief that the government has no business meddling in religious matters, and says that  "my recommendation is for the government to stay out, because I believe the freedom of religion is key to the foundation of this country."