As a lifelong Catholic, I am disgusted by the decision not to reinstate Nicholas Coppola ["Gay parishioner's plea denied," News, April 12]. This is a man who has dedicated himself to helping others and the Catholic Church.

When will the Catholic Church hold liable all who go against the traditional definition of marriage? A man in my parish has had numerous extramarital affairs. He does not support his family financially. Yet there he is, front and center at Mass each Sunday.

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Just because he and people like him are heterosexual, does this give them the right to mock the sanctity of marriage?

Catherine Schnell, Syosset