# 30 - Is it because of all the scandals in the Church that have been uncovered in the last years?
Well, here I am, in the beginning of June as I promised in #29.
I'm going to write some lines about the fourth question for blogpost # 3 (2012). It is time for you to find your written answers if you wrote them down. For you who are new: I want to recommend that you start with the three first questions unless this particular question that I'm writing about now is especially important to you.
It is 12 years (2002) since we could read in the papers all over the world about an overwhelming abuse of minors in the Catholic Church in America (at that time). If you are one of the abused or a relative or friend of someone abused I will guess that you were very angry! So was I, but even if so, the very same year I was received into the Roman Catholic Church. Why? Please repeat my input «# 1 - God's ways can be mysterious».
Even if all the abuses came as a shock, I continued the introduction
course that would allow me to become catholic, if I still wanted too.
As you know I'm a psychologist. That means that I at that time was
very much aware of how the life of a person who has been
abused certainly would be full of pain, and not only the pain in
remembering, but also the pain of loosing years of ones life. I knew
about their flashbacks, their problems to function in daily life
because they could never be sure that they would not bump into a room
with a special smell that reminded them about the evil done to them,
bump into a person who looked somewhat like the abuser, a noise or
may be music that reminded them about the abuse. I knew that the
effect of abuse can give problems to concentrate and that means
problems to continue an education and to have a job to secure a
reasonable income. I knew about the problems that some of the abused
might have with being close to others. Some will never get married
because of that. They miss the opportunity to have children, to
become grandparents and great-grandparents. Others are so destroyed
that their ability to say no to sex doesn't work. They might have
children with different fathers or become father to kids with
different mothers. To be without education and have the
economical responsibility for these little ones might be hard.
All in all the problems might be so hard to deal with that some of
the abused start misusing drugs or alcohol. These persons will have
to be treated for dual diagnoses. Some of those (both dual
diagnoses and the others) may have to use many years of their life to
struggle their way back to life through therapy. The damage the
abuser has done is not a small one. Of course the damage will vary
from person to person. Factors like how old they were when the abuse
started, how long it lasted, how much trust they had given the abuser
before the abuse and so on will have influence upon how hard the job
of going on with their lives, will become, have been or still is
knew all this and still I chose to become catholic? I knew something
more. I knew that people high in rank in the secular society very
well could be abusers. I knew how clever they could be to hide this
evil side of themselves to others. Nobody would have guessed that
these «nice and good people» had a dark and hidden side.
is not a special «thing» for celibate priests!
it was possible for me to become a catholic, in spite of all
these ugly abuse cases, it was becauseI
believed that this was the CHURCH God had instituted. This was the
Church with apostolic succession. This was the Church where Jesus was
really present in the tabernacles. No other church could be a
substitute for the Mother Church.
this was the Church that Christ himself instituted, how could I allow
myself to stay out of it?
saw that there was a big job to do inside the Church to stop all this
evil, but nobody could affect the sacraments with their evilness.
Whatever one of God's priests does, it never affects the
you who read this, now, have been a victim of these terrible acts
done by God's servants, have lost your faith or left the catholic
church for a protestant church, I can understand you very well. In a
catholic church smells, music, cloth, movements, special prayers and
more may trigger your memories and give you flashbacks. Be sure, I
have felt very angry about these priests, unknown to me, who did all
this. I have been angry on those who sent these priests on to new
churches where they could abuse others. I don't understand
my colleagues who declared that some of the abusers were cured
round this up, even if there are triggers in the Catholic Church, I
think that you will make Satan and his demons very angry if you do
the psychological job that makes you able to come back. (A good
psychologist or psychiatrist should be able to help you to come
back to Church the day you are ready for it). Remember that the
Church is Church even if people inside it fails to do good.
same goes if you are family, relative or friend of the abused. It
might be wise to come back to the Church that Christ instituted. I
know it will be hard to go back, but if you sit down and repeat why
God gave us the Catholic Church, may be it will become a little
easier. I converted, as told, because «I believed that this was the
CHURCH God had instituted. This was the Church with apostolic
succession. This was the Church where Jesus was really present in the
tabernacles. No other church could be a substitute for the Mother Church».
be you could pray about it, so God can help you back when you are
ready for it?
my country there have been made step by step rules if one suspects
sexual abuse among the clergy. The first step is to tell the police.
If that had been the rule in the churches where the abusive priests
worked, we would probably not have had the high amount of sex-abuse
that media has told us about. Evil people will find their way to
churches, both protestant and catholic, also in the future, as they
do in the secular society. When we teach our children that obedience
to God, doesn't mean to become others doormats and when we have rules
to follow if abuse happens, we, as Church, are better equipped to
prevent such scandals in the future.
end this, I want to say, let us pray for all the good priests that
are there and for the whole Church to become better to protect
herself and her children!
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