*Guyonthestreet–wow, that was something…very hard to watch. I can’t imagine what those poor kids endured. At the same time, is it wrong of me to also have deep sadness for the torment that the priests were in also? They had to be so completely and utterly lost. I have such pain for the victims, and such sadness for the depravity that some of these priests had in their hearts and minds. God can do all things…and I pray that people do not turn from Him…that they know that the Church is not about this, but that sin exists in all hearts…in all men/women…and we need to pray for all of the victims…we need to embrace them, and pray for their healing. For their forgiveness. I never thought I’d be in a position either, to have to forgive the wrongdoings of priests I have never met, because of the shame they have brought on the Church. And that is the test of our faith…all of our faith in the Church. Do we forgive? We will never ever understand how a grown man could hurt children…but, we still have to find mercy in our hearts.
We all are sinners. I’m reminded of that during this Easter season. I’m reminded of my own sin, and no, while I have not molested anyone…I cannot judge these men. But, we must see to it that this never happens again, and that we take great strides in making our Church, a safe one. My prayers for the Church, and for the victims…and for the priests’ souls. We all need a Savior…we all need Christ.
Gosh, that was heartbreaking to watch! But, thanks for sharing with us, here.*