Eileen Ford, of Rockport, Mass., mailed the following column and cover note to Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
She has sent it to NCR, for publication:
I hope you will read the following article in the spirit in which it was written - as a tribute to those who have served the Church faithfully.
When will you investigate the bishops who have never been held accountable for their negligence and are still in positions of power and honor?
Catholics are watching this abuse of power by the Vatican and the Church will continue to implode if you continue to persecute sisters and protect bishops.
Eileen M. Ford
Ford, a contributor to The Gloucester Daily Times, writes a monthly column titled Insights and Outbursts. (A similar version of this column appeared on the newspaper's website.)
"Institutions that claim power over our nature will have to pay nature's denied due, and will end by abusing their flock."