Sunday, June 26, 2016


As Tim has been alluding to in various posts and comments, there are indeed various stories of clergy gone wild in the 60s and 70s; shameful and depraved behavior that have darkened the hearts of many people. Not all the victims are children sexually abused by priests. There are also women and their families who have been damaged by the philandering actions of clergy who do not live up to their vows. Sadly, it just echoes the rampant adultery and sexual abuse that has been occurring in the society at large for many, many years. We reap the consequences of those actions socially with broken and dysfunctional families, and ecclesiastically with a dysfunctional and divided church. Bravo to those revealing the truth. It is a step toward healing. And it doesn't feel like Kumbaya dammit.

Agree to all of the above with a certain caveat. The behavior of the clergy is not an "echo" of what has been going on in society, but the cause. As the Church goes, so goes the world. The world does not have the grace to conquer the world, the Church does. It is the filth in the church which has given us the filth in the world. Fix the Church. Fix the World. That's how it works. Start now.

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