A very short conversation on sin/evil & clergy abuse

  • Cathy – I’m tired of evil winning. I’m tired of authorities knowing and doing nothing to bring evil doers to justice or comforting the victims.
  • MePower corrupts. Evil, although a choice, has been defeated. That is what Easter is all about.
  • Cathy – Evil wins when good people stand by and do nothing. Do not simply be “hearers” of the word – be “doers” of the word.
  • Me – That is not the Catholic definition of evil. It never wins although sometimes it seems to win. It has been defeated by Christ in the resurrection. Now if people would stop choosing evil, (sin), the world would be a different place. Free will can muck up the works temporarily. And remember God does not exist in our construct of time…also frustrating.

The evil of abuse, all abuse, is the choice to choose evil, (sin), over good.  It turns out that in cases of clergy abuse which is not exclusively sexual not only did rank and file priests choose to do the evil/sinful thing but then the men, (in this case individual bishops), also chose and continue to choose the evil/sinful thing.   Cathy’s scripture understanding is correct in the sense that once that bishops and those that work for bishops hear/heard the word of Christ there should have been Christ like actions by these same men. 

WWJD really bugs me but in this case clergy and hierarchy did not in any way, shape or form do what Jesus would have done.

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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