Sigh. Unless it was a forced and false confession wrought in the midst of the ever so popular Reid style of interrogation popular among detectives (and that is a possibility, by the way, although I don’t know this, of course), this priest does seem to have admitted all to the police, that he was making babies with a young woman in the rectory, on her 18th birthday, and that, when one was made, he brought her to an abortuary, stayed with her, and paid for the abortion. He’s now in “treatment.” The D.A.’s doing an investigation to see if this started when the young lady was a minor, to see if there are corruption of a minor charges to be imposed. Of course, it’s all over for him as a priest if this turns out to be true. If I were to be charged with such a thing, and I were innocent, I would never agree to go to such “treatment”, though many priests, innocent of whatever charges, have done so as a way, they thought, to prove their innocence. Of course, one can never prove innocence, can one? And one is innocent until proven guilty, right? And even then, we’ve seen other cases, very many in fact, where the priest is wrongfully convicted and then kicked in the face by ecclesiastical superiors just so that they can have a good image for themselves in the media for having distanced themselves from the supposed offender, right? O.K., so, apart from the case itself, about which we know so little, let’s do an examination of conscience about our reaction to these events, supposing the allegations to be true just for the sake of argument…
What are your first thoughts as you read that article and watch that short video on that news website?
While you’re thinking about that, let me help you reflect with another video, the absolutely wonderful pictures for which were supplied by a still-traumatized-years-later post-abortive though now very prolife woman…
So, wow… to repeat the question: What are your first thoughts, having read that article and watched that short video on that news website?
Did your first thoughts go to the priest who went against absoultely everything that the priesthood is about?
Or, did your first thoughts go to the young woman, who is surely horrifically traumatized as all women are by abortion? I mean, to whom does she turn in order to get to know the goodness and kindness of Jesus… another priest? Maybe she has already, I don’t know. But. What. A. Trauma.
Or, were both these thoughts simultaneous?
Or perhaps it is all just too much, so that one is stunned, with no possibility for thoughts about it at all?
For myself, I don’t know what to say, perhaps… all of the above…
What we do know is this, that no matter how great the sin, and sins can be horrific, Jesus can still forgive us, and does — That’s why He came! – but we need, with His grace, which He freely gives, to accept this forgiveness in our lives. Confession and then Communion with Him… That’s the way to go. Always.
I suppose there are many cases we will never know the truth about in this world. Many who are innocent are convicted. Many who as guilty as Satan himself walk free, in this world anyway.
I remember some ten years ago talking to an old priest-friend who was teaching over in the last remaining diocesan seminary on the Irish mainland, commenting that there are so few vocations in Ireland, and that so many are leaving the priesthood. He immediately quipped, as the Irish are bound to do, that many who left should have stayed, and many who did not leave should have left. Yikes!
Look, dear readers, we are all in this together. We have all of us, without exception, crucified Jesus by our sins. And He wants us in heaven. Sure, we can do terrible, terrible things, but His mercy is always stronger than our sin. Otherwise, we make of ourselves little gods in place of Him, right? Strange how false humility about the greatness of our sins can be so full of pride! We really need to let go of our darkness and, in that darkness, note how the light of Jesus is shining upon us, drawing us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We look to the light in the darkness until we are bathed in light, not that we are so much looking to Him, but recognizing that He is drawing us to Himself. That’s what we all need. The goodness and kindness of the Light of Life. And Jesus is just that good. He is just that kind. And He is drawing us to Himself. It’s all very dark, but His light is, how to say it… (sorry for the Star Trek reference…) His light is like a tractor beam drawing us irresistibly to Himself if we but say “Yes” despite all the darkness round about. Yes, Jesus… Yes…
The White House has a webpage dedicated to branches of government which visit, kind of like HAM radio operators notching up another contact. Those are political visits. Just to say, I think my list of visits must be about as ample as the presidents, though for different reasons!