A reporter for the Delaware News Journal in an article last Sunday asked if there was any safe place for children? That question discloses one of two things; 1. She is being intellectually dishonest in asking such a question, (Where has she been since the 2003 Clergy sex scandal which did answer such questions?), or 2. she is just stupid.
One of the things that did come out because of the Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal was that children are not safe from abuse anywhere and they are more likely to be abused at home than anywhere else. So the answer to the dumb reporters question is NO WHERE.
On Sunday mentioning the Penn State scandal along with the Church scandal and tying them to the gospel which can be summed up as; the more that is given to a person the more that is expected of/from them, and the fact that more is expected from priests as well as people who found and work with charities make these scandals insidious.
I said in my homily that people deserve to go to prison for this. People deserve to lose their jobs because of this. After mass three different people told me that they wanted to stand up and applaud. I am so glad they didn’t. These are not my words. These are not my teachings. They are the teachings of God. I have nothing to do with them except as a mouth piece. I sincerely hope I am being one of God’s mouth pieces.
One day last week the parish DRE and her committee had an indoor hocky night for the youth. I had no plans to go. There were adults there supervising the activity. While walking my dog I heard screaming so thought that I had better check it out. It turned out to be boisterous and enthusiastic young people. I did a walk through with my dog and then left. Maybe this is just me and my baggage but I was uncomfortable being there, even just walking through. I believe that it has everything to do with the environment now… What’s a priest doing there hanging out with kids? It doesn’t matter that they were supervised by other adults I could not get out of there fast enough. Some might call my actions prudent. Some might call them ridiculous. I call them cowardice induced by the clergy sex scandal and how it has been handled. Because of the climate that has been created by it all priests are suspect. I resent that and I resent the hierarchy for creating that atmosphere.