Pope Francis, cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests, Clergy sex scandal. God is not happy.

I hardly know what to say about the latest development in the Church in reference to clergy sex abuse.  Reading the letter written by His Excellency Carlo Maria Vigano clarifies so much.   It debunks the randomness of it all. There does seem to be a conspiracy to silence victims and protect abusers and enablers.

Now what? I’m not going to lie this is painful for me both as a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and as a member of the clergy. Some people ask where is God in all of this?  I truly believe that God is the one who has shone his light on this situation. “Cling to him. Forsake him not.”  And we need to pray, pray, pray not only for the Church but for ourselves, the pope and all the actors in this drama.  Doesn’t this all seem very Shakespearian?

Here is a small part of Psalm 9;

The nations have fallen in the pit which they made, their feet caught in the snare they laid.  The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgement. The  wicked are snared in the work of there own hands.

Of course the fallout effects us all…”Cling to him. Forsake him not.”



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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2 Responses to Pope Francis, cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests, Clergy sex scandal. God is not happy.

  1. Miguel Prats says:

    Good words. Thank you Father.

  2. M Hayes says:

    Fr John – I had the opportunity to go to your parish for 3 or so months (in OC) and I so enjoyed your homilies and going to confession. Please keep up the good work, your homilies are about truth and I love that. I’m glad you became a priest. This homily by a priest is extremely interesting (Fr. Robert Altier at Church of Saint Raphael in Minnesota on 8/19/18) or here’s the link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/spm-straph-parish-wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20084333/208.mp3

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