…they follow the desires of the flesh…

I was on vacation for the past week.

” Many hear the world more easily than they hear God; they follow the desires of the flesh more readily than the pleasure of God.” 

You know, no one ever said that being a priest would be easy.  I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes the ignorance of the faithful concerning what Catholics truly believe is staggering.  Sometimes it is even blood-pressure elevating.  The above quote is taken from the second reading of the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings for Monday the 22 week in Ordinary Time and is an excerpt from the Imitation of Christ. 

One of the plethora of things that makes the clergy sexual abuse scandal and cover-up so heinous is the fact that priests are out there screwing around.  I know, I know, the heart wants what the heart wants.  … but juveniles?  We are all effected by the sin of Adam, all of us fall, all of us sin.   …but juveniles!  I know that a lot of people do not want to hear this but…here it goes…  Men and women who are unmarried are called to be chaste.  All of us.  It does not matter if we are heterosexual or homosexual.  We are all called to be chaste.

Priests who abused are called to chastity and broke that, (vow or promise, it depends on whether you are an order priest or diocesan one), with people they were ordained to spiritually help gain heaven.    This whole unseemly business gives new meaning to the phrase, “Hell is for children.”  I have first hand understanding that it is indeed a living hell.

I wish others would take up the cry for justice…  Crying out for justice without, “offending”, (I HATE that word), the hierarchy.  If they can they will use their “offense” to continue to do nothing and try to take focus off of the real offence!

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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