I'm a Catholic... but not in the Northeast. It's not big media coverage here, yet, but I saw the announcement on Yahoo.com. I am profoundly saddened by all of this and angry, too. I'm glad that Cardinal Law resigned and I simply can't fathom
why he did what he did. I just can't understand why an otherwise good and faithful man could do something so very, very wrong
There's a lot to this situation that I don't understand. I know why the archdiocese would try to silence and cover up the accusations... a few high placed individuals who thought that reputations were more important than justice... but I can't understand why the parents accepted hush money.
~steps onto her soap box~
If that was my
child who had been assaulted there is not enough money in the world
to shut me up. 'Cause here's the thing... those priests commited a freaking CRIME!
. They should be sent to PRISON
! This is not just about me and my child... it's about protecting other
children from becoming victims and it's about justice
. To be honest, I probably would have killed who ever assaulted my child. At the very least I'd be at the police station filing charges and then outside this criminal's parish with a big sign saying, "WARNING: CHILD MOLESTER INSIDE!
Although, let's make one thing clear... priests are no
more likely to molest children than anyone else. The Baptist church has this problem... the Unitarian Universalist church has this problem... Big Brothers and Big Sisters has this problems... families across the world have this problem. And all
of them try to hide it.
I am so disgusted by the crimes of these priests, the cover-up by those in authority and the silence of the parents. My heart just breaks
for those who have been assaulted. They've had their bodies harmed, their spirits crushed and their faith destroyed. May God have mercy on those responsible... because they're going to need it.