There are those blogs you feel called to write, but that hold so much emotion for you, you don’t know how to get the words out. I have been trying for days to write this blog.
The latest of the exposés elaborating on the volume of sexual abuse against minors within the Catholic Church is mind-boggling, horrific and evil. What’s equally horrific and downright evil is the way these abuses have been covered up.
I believe those in a position to speak for God and represent God’s love have an obligation to do so with maximum integrity. How destructive is it for a child to try to comprehend God’s love when their perpetrator also is their spiritual mentor or Godly representative? How damaging is it to realize others will offer no protection from repeated acts of abuse? How does this represent God’s unconditional love?
This abuse unfortunately happens in all faiths, and has for a long time, due to the depravity of man. However, the enormity of what is becoming more and more known is heart-breaking. I have a friend who was scarred by such abuse and subsequent cover-up in her Catholic school. Her career now is to do all she can to expose more of these cover-ups and give support to the victims (learn more at http://theworthyadversary.com). This site reports on more cover-ups than the general media.
My huge motivation for writing Blessings, My Child was to let children know God offers perfect love. God grieves over the abuse of a child and He speaks strongly about it in Scripture.
“… but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6 ESV)
Again, I believe that those who have chosen to teach the Scriptures have an added responsibility to follow what it says. Do we all fall short? Yes! Does God forgive? Yes! However, there needs to be confession on our part. The entire Christian church is being called on to offer major confessions for its abuses and cover-ups, without rationalization. More importantly, the church needs to clean house and change ongoing behavior. The lives of children are at stake.