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To all who want reform

The gut-wrenching presentation of the human condition lies before us regarding Catholic priests who are sex abusers. As a Catholic therapist and married lay person, I’m compelled to comment. I hope to offer you encouragement and empowerment. Emotional reactions to this abuse reaffirms that America has a strong moral conscious. It must be put to use not only in regard to clergy but also families and teachers where rates are shocking. It is not only a problem in the clergy but across society. Don’t waste or stuff the emotion we feel. It drives us toward some action. Here, I recommend “cleaning house.” In protesting the immorality and crime we can cause change by keeping ourselves accountable: “Let one who is among you without sin cast the first stone.” These are the words of Jesus. I am not making excuses for the priests’ grievous sins, but our Lord reminds us we must first look to our own sins before we enforce judgment on another. What sins and moral failings are present in us? Do we have addictions that need treatment? Now is the time to act. Use your emotions to change yourself and you will change the world for the better.

Michael d’Esterre



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