“If I had to advise parents, I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate…Much harm may result from bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better.” Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Of course St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was not talking about scandalous priests and their aberrant behavior. As a founder of Catholic Schools and as a mother she was talking about children and the influence of friends and schools, most schools were anti-Catholic. It is tragic that such a quote today can very well be attributed to priests as bad company.
One of the things that I have learned via the Grief to Grace retreat experience is that a child is far safer with a priest than with their own family members and family friends. That a child would not be safe at all is a sickening notion.
The Church in the U.S. still does not seem to be doing anything constructive about the psychological wreckage that it has left in its wake because of what some, a minority, of priests have done in her name and the ensuing cover-up that a majority of diocese and archdiocese orchestrated.
As a victim myself I can attest that the ability to trust anyone is severely compromised. And then findings from grand juries display, without a doubt, that the so-called “Victims Assistance Offices” are only interested in assisting diocese and archdiocese in covering their own ass-ets.
I must ask why money is more important than justice? Why have assets driven an un-Godly reaction and handling of this faith devastating soul murdering epoch. Men sin. That’s a fact. The Church is perfect because it is founded by Jesus Christ. That’s also a fact. Imperfect, sinful and totally out of touch with God, men mess things up in the Church. However, God will ultimately get his way.