Thanks for the responses all of which in effect advise to pray,to express shock over the incident etc.and to hold that an individual’s wrong action does not in anyway affect our Lord’s teachings and mission which only are to be followed.
Easier said than done!
Such incidences are now coming up more frequently.Today,Times of India (a prominent english news paper ) in their online news says that a priest booked two years back has been charge sheeted for sodomy to face trial now.May be one in thousand, but it is sufficient to damage the trust on other priests as well and to the Church authorities and eventually to Christianity in general.We are the choosen one of God and priests are considered as representatives of Christ.A priest who is preaching to the parishioners about God,about the need to follow his ways,hearing confession,offering mass,working as a representative of Christ suddenly seen arrested by police for a most heinous crime…express a shock and forget it…possible without any permanent scar left in our minds and in the minds of young children of the parish?
Yesterday news channels showed police taking him to the very same church and school premises for evidence managing with difficulty protecting him from the angry crowd which included his parishioners till the other day!
There is now allegation that the church authorities tried to protect him and helped him for escaping abroad.(He was caught on the way of going abroad).This angle is also being investigated by police.
It appears that catholic church need to take some action urgently to ensure that even a single incident involving sexual crime of priests does not occur, instead of just brushing aside such incidences as a minor thing because the damage it makes especially to young people who have got their own methods of getting correct and live information now and need not depend upon adults, is beyond imagination.Let the church take some effective, visual and never before taken steps such as: give a one time option to all priests and even higher ups to exit honourably;prohibit them from meeting or talking to anybody alone ,whatever be the circumstances,Taking confession in the church and that too when others are also present will be the only exception. A vigilance committee consisting of mature elders to be formed to watch and to receive complaints of misbehaviour against,the priest etc.These may appear to be a bit harsh and inappropriate ,but is definitely a 1000 times better than the situation which can arise otherwise as in the present case.