Onyx wrote:Wosbald, for about four years I have jousted with you on various things. I remain unsure whether you are deliberately provocative, or oblivious to your offensive brand of religion. And yet, I think you are representative of your faith in its extreme form.
Praying for the priests in response to this situation is strangely passive-aggressive given the staggering accumulation of their victims. And yet perhaps it's likely that many of them were abused themselves by the previous generation of religious authority. So perhaps they are among the abused. Yet it remains hard to understand what motivates you to pray for the priests rather than the abused. Is it like Jesus' admonition to pray for them that persecute you?
While on the face of it, a prayer for the priests seems above reproach, but we are knee deep in testimonials of priestly abuse out here. It looks like the Catholic Church cares primarily about the Catholic Church. That sucks badly. That has caused untold extension and protection of abusers and perpetuation of the abuses. I call it respect of persons. I learned this from Christian teaching. We should respect no man's person. Whether he be priest or plumber's son, he is no more important, and no more valued than another. A priest does not deserve protection when he exploits others. It's a hard lesson - in practice - when you're committed to an institution. The Catholic Church has been slow learning this - in Australia.
I agree with you Onyx. I'm not being a hater, but I have to stand for what I know is right and truth on this. Call a spade a spade and sin sin...no excuses, no "dance around your head stuff"
Sure praying for the priest, the righteous ones and the wicked ones alike, sounds good, but the lives that are being wrecked and the ripple effect hurts more than just the immediate victims. It's negeligent and derelict to fail to pray for the victims first and foremost.