17.5.10

that splinter from your eye...

Sexual abuse by anyone is a heinous crime. When I write case reviews in my work that is exactly how I classify that crime. Sexual abuse by anyone demeans the humanity of the victim. It is about sexual gratification, it is about the perceived power of one person over the other. It is a violation of one God given right to life.

The Catholic Church, the very body of Christ's bride has been devastated by this sin for many more years than I care to remember. There can be no excuse, nor defense. Recently however I have been assailed by persons of other religions and ecclesiastic communities, who affected a position of moral outrage.

I did a bit of research.

Here is something I found out, the incidence of sexual abuse by teachers is higher than the Catholic Church. Sex Abuse by Teachers Said Worse Than Catholic Church (Jon E. Dougherty, Newsmax Monday, Apr. 05, 2004.) yet we never hear about that in the news, except if it is about a cutesy teacher and a teenaged boy.

A German Protestant church is forced to appologize for sex abuse. The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, the second largest Protestant Church in Germany, is the latest church body to apologize to victims of sexual abuse in their institutions.
Christian Century, April 20, 2010.

February 2, 2009 When Joel Engelman was 8 years old, he says, he was called from his Hebrew class to the principal's office at his Brooklyn yeshiva, a Jewish religious school. His parents had recently told Rabbi Avrohom Reichman that their son had been abused by an older boy at the school, he says. Alleged Victims and Advocates Say Sex Abuse Common, Rarely Discussed(By SCOTT MICHELS May 5, 2009) What! a self imposed coverup?

"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye." Matthew 5: 4-5 NAB

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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