Good afternoon, Netizens…
Sometimes cartoonist David Horsey outdoes himself in his eloquence and in today’s cartoon, I believe he stepped into a sensitive issue with eloquence and truth. If the absolute truth is ever known about sexual child abuse by Catholic priests the sheer numbers of its innocent victims casts a hideous pall upon the church. It is just about who knew. We have had our share of sexual abuse cases here in Spokane, and the malodorous stench of their combined stories casts an overwhelming and horribly sad commentary upon our times.
For too long it has been considered acceptable behavior to turn a blind eye to wayward priests, for Bishops to routinely shuffle them from parish to parish lest someone notice or object to such abysmal behavior. One would hope that such things no longer will take place.
Instead, as David Horsey suggests, from the parish priests to the highest-ranking members of the Vatican should fall on their knees, confess their transgressions, with the tacit understanding that as part of confession they go forth and sin no more, including the sins of silence and denial.
We should also remember the priests who live saintly lives, living in purity and in a state of grace, for I believe they outnumber those who have committed sins of the flesh.