If you, Gentle Reader, have children or grandchildren the abuse scandal is that bull’s-eye painted on the essence of those children. Look at the beauty of your young ones and decide if the reaction to abuse would be a horrible bastardized-Jesus-forgiveness or a rage to remove.
Playing the scripture card to justify a plea for forgiveness is ignoring the fact that the story says the temple was off-limits to the money changers. Even your Jesus, a man of peace and justice, had limits of acceptance. If you believe in the hell created for sinners, do you remotely harbor a belief that Jesus/God forgives those in hell? Loves the sinner, hates the sin kind of rhetoric…loves those in eternal flames?
The Kansas City Star, Saturday, May 21, 2011, front page article by Laura Bauer and Glenn Rice
“One day after prosecutors charged a Roman Catholic priest with possession of child pornography, Bishop Robert Finn said he knew about the ‘very troubling’ images months ago but was told they weren’t pornography.”
Bishop Finn contacted a police officer and described one or more of the images. Remember, the Bishop was very troubled by the images but decided to describe one or more to a police officer so that the officer could make the judgment as to just how troubling, how close to pornography, how much the diocese would have to reveal and justify.
Bishop Finn also admits that Ratigan was not honoring the restrictions put on him by the bishop. Ratigan continued to ignore the restrictions. The bishop continued to admonish him not to ignore the restrictions. The bishop put Ratigan in a private priest residence and Ratigan continued to celebrate Mass. Mass. The Bishop allowed Ratigan to celebrate Mass.
On Wednesday, May 18, the Star reported on the study commissioned by Roman Catholic bishops citing reasons why priests physically and sexually abused children. One of those reasons was priests were poorly monitored.
The Bishop confesses to being troubled but made the decision to keep his concerns in-house, to ignore the need to contact civil authorities. The Bishop placed restrictions and Ratigan ignored the restrictions.
Again, I know that Ratigan is legally innocent until proven guilty. Ratigan, trained and monitored by the church (that church which covered his actions) was allowed to continue under the presumption of innocence?
Maybe there are those who would go so far as to say that the church is innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof weighs heavily, to the breaking point.
There are those who would take the guilt off the church (where it belongs) and use the comedic line “The devil made me do it.”
Self-protection, denial, justification and dishonor continue to allow this obscene scandal.