lent, delusional bishops, sexual scandal

While walking my dog Artemus and while simultaneously talking to a friend of mine on the phone I had a brilliant idea.  It is so brilliant and so profound yet so simple that I am impelled to share it with as many people as I can.  For lent, that most penitential season for christians around the world, I have decided to give up the rational world that I, (and most people), live in for the world of pure delusion that so many bishops and priests frolic in every day. 

It will be so wonderful for those 40 days not to think of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church, or maybe if I do think about it I just will not care, after all that is what seems to be happening, (unless the court gets involved).  It will be so nice to deny that there is any connection to the lies and the cover-ups and the grievous sins of perpetrating sexual acts on minors and the state that the Church is in today.   I will be able to happily deny, while smiling , that the Church hierarchy did the wrong thing in all of this and that it is really the press that is to blame.  (I love delusional living already.) 

If I even become a fraction as successful at living the delusional life, (how would you say that in Spanish…la vida something), as so many of our illustrious bishops have already I too may someday qualify to become a bishop.  As long as I stay delusional everything will be o.k.

Except for one major thing…delusional leadership damages the Church.  But the upside of it is never having to ask forgiveness for participation of the sin and the gross evil of clergy sexual abuse and then the active participation in the cover up. Being delusional one thinks; a) it never really happened, b) it isn’t as bad as it sounds, c) The press has blown this all out of proportion, d) I was just following orders from_______ (fill in the blank).  And if I’m delusional I can’t sin or be held accountable for my actions.  (I’m liking this more and more.) 

Now how does one go from rational to delusional????  Maybe I’m delusional already since I still believe that somewhere some bishop is going to step up and take the lead humbling himself and begging for forgiveness from society for the atrocious handling of this dark chapter in the Church !!!

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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