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Father Irony

November 19, 2006

Well, stories of pedophile priests are in the news again, somehow shocking the people of America who hear about this at least once a year. We all know that certain priests molest some child, then the Church hides it for years until the child grows up to be an adult who finally brings his pain to light. I’m not going to discuss the hows, wheres, or whys of this abhorrent violation of a child’s trust. Instead, I will share a story from my churchgoing days as a child.

The priest of my congregation in New Jersey was a good man; wise, respected, respecful, and full of life and love. I so happened that one day, a junior priest of the parish told us that Father (I’ll call him) Smith had been excommunicated from the Church because he had fallen in love with one of our nuns and had gotten her pregnant. Most of the congregation did not feel betrayed by Father Smith, instead we were happy that he had found a happier life than being a priest could offer. Those that knew him and the nun more closely wished them a happy life together. Father Smith was just that kind of guy.

The irony of the situation is that the priest had found a loving realtionship with an adult woman and was excommunicated, while those that prey on helpless children keep their positions and suffer no ill consequences for their betrayal even when the church is fully aware of their impropriety.

Yet the Church sees itself as a bastion of morality in an evil word. Un-fucking-believable.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2006 5:01 am

    Poignant thoughts. All of this mess reminds me of a priest at my Catholic high school who used to openly massage and stroke “certain” boys and would also take them on “special” trips to various places. He only targeted the jocks and student leaders, the ones least likely to speak up. It was almost 20 years later that I learned the priest had been defrocked and that multiple allegations of molestation had been made against him. My only reaction was – what took the so long to figure this out?

  2. November 20, 2006 5:17 pm

    Well, the Church has been known to hide this kind of thing for decades before it ever comes to light, therefore anything they have to say in defense of these priests is suspect to skepticism. Not only that, they have the resources to cover it up from ever coming to light.

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