Saturday, November 16, 2002

They held educational sessions on abuse in Tampa on Friday

Not many showed up.

Of more than 372,000 Roman Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, about 100 showed up at three discussions in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Brooksville to discuss new guidelines for dioceses to follow in sex abuse cases. "It's football night," said Martha Costantino Lorenzo, one of about 35 parishioners to show at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tampa. The timing, she said, excluded parents who felt obligated to go to high school games.

I'd have to say that I'm not surprised by the brilliant scheduling. The best place and time to talk to parishioners about anything is, of course, Sunday morning. But you know, if we do it then...there might actually be ask questions.

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