Dwid Did It
But timing is everything: Thank you for the comprehensive and entertaining article on Dwid ["The Godfather of Cleveland Hardcore," April 27] -- truly Cleveland's son. Does anyone out there really think that when someone thinks of Cleveland, they imagine Michael Stanley or Mushroomhead?
The reason Dwid isn't all over Headbanger's Ball is simple. Eight years ago, when Integrity was in its prime, its label, Victory Records, didn't have its own section at Best Buy. It didn't have the money or clout that it has now. It's a major label now and can promote one-album bands like Sinai Beach and Dead to Fall. If no one buys the record, no big deal. No one will remember five years from now, and it can move on to someone else.
The funny thing is, Dwid couldn't care less. He isn't worried about cashing in. To the younger individuals out there: Please do yourself a favor and track down every recording Dwid has ever been part of. You will then have a catalog of music by an artist who, similar to Slayer, has affected hardcores, punks, metalheads, crusts, freaks, you name it, for almost 20 years. Yes, 10 years from now Integrity will be talked about in the same conversations people have about legendary groups like Joy Division, Bauhaus, Samhain, etc. -- bands that never "made it."
And Dwid will still be holed up somewhere with that grin across his face, still not giving a shit. Amen, Reverend Dwid. Amen.
Partying -- oh, yeah: Just read your article on Integrity. Had to laugh when I read it; it's as true as it can be. Partying was always on the set list. If it went away, it sure wasn't for long.
Santa Barbara, California
They put the sin in sinister: I am writing in response to your article titled "The Sin That Keeps on Giving" [April 27]. As a victim of Father Rooney, who committed suicide three years ago ["Bless Me Father," July 3, 2002], I want to respond specifically to Mr. Luckhaupt's remarks in the article.
Luckhaupt states that the "average" person does not know what the church is doing for the victims. I can let them know every last detail about what the church is doing. I can fill everyone in on the time I spent being deposed by Jones Day. I can tell them intimate details about sleepless nights and hours upon hours spent in therapy discussing the abuse and how the church has failed the victims.
The Cleveland Diocese has spent tens of thousands of dollars fighting me in court for three years. Not because they think I'm not being truthful, but because they don't want a soul to know the details that led up to my molestation. They knew before, were approached by several parents and lawyers, and ignored it. Then he came after me.
If Ohio lawmakers are intimidated into not passing the bill, many of us will have to come to terms with that, as heartwrenching as it will be. The one thing that won't ever be taken away is my ability to tell the truth about what did happen. I intend to let people know just how far Bishop Pilla and his accomplices went to allow the demons to prey on the children of the Catholic Church.
Many other dioceses throughout the country have taken steps to ensure real change. The Cleveland Diocese is more sinister than any other. It continues to lie and pay money to silence the victims it has already betrayed. The simple fact that they drove down to the Senate, all to protect criminal child molesters, is not only arrogant and abusive; it's sinister! There is one distinct difference between priests and the pedophiles who kidnapped, molested, and killed the two girls in Florida recently. These men don't have a busful of church leaders fighting for their immunity.
San Francisco, California
Advertisers -- as bad as pedophile priests: Why no mention of the fact that 98 percent of the Catholic-priest sex scandal is homosexual aggression? Your selling sex is also a terrible sin, equal to sexual abuse and homosexuality. I am currently contacting the advertisers in this immoral paper to let them know of my disgust with the ads in the back.
Assign the bill, protect kids now: Thank you for reporting what happened at the Ohio Senate hearing for SB17. Representative Jon Husted, who opposes the bill, still hasn't assigned it to a committee for testimony. He can be reached at 614-644-6008 and e-mailed at email@example.com to ask him to assign the bill. Our Ohio children deserve to be protected from pedophiles now.
Priests should practice what they preach: I am so happy to hear that the senators were finally listening to victims of clergy sexual abuse. Unless someone has suffered this soul death, they cannot understand what it does to a person. It helps to understand that it could take years for the victim to be able to verbalize what happened. It may take years for the victim to finally believe that he/she is not going to hell for revealing this information.
Perhaps if bishops and cardinals would listen to victims telling their stories, things would change, and the sermons they preach in church would actually pertain to their own lives.
Cardiff by the Sea, California