I hate having to break away from talking about our religion to discuss other religions, but sometimes circumstances call for it. Once again there are reports of the most vile and dispicable acts of sexual abuse, and violence, against children being leveled at Catholic priests. This time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On Thursday, Two Catholic priests, a former priest and a Catholic school teacher were charged with raping young boys at the St. Jerome Parish. I will not go into the details that I read in these articles but needless to say they are hideous. The grand jury also charged the Monsignor William Lynn with endangering the children, in his role as secretary to the clergy, for reassigning priests without telling pastors or principals.
In 2005 a grand jury report found 63 priests of the Philadelphia archdiocese had been credibly accused of sexually assaulting children over decades, but because the statute of limitations had run out they could not be charged. That just boggles my mind. Does the statute of limitations run out on the scars and mental anguish these poor children have to deal with every day for the rest of their life ? How many years does a tormented mind take to heal ? When does the fear and shame dissolve from ones memory ? How can a law of statutations put a time limit on any of the above factors. These are people, not numbers ! Children not legislative law !
If the accused, Charles Engelhardt, Edward Avery, and Bernard Shero are found guilty, I hope they spend the rest of their lives in jail. Maybe there they will know how these poor scared children felt, as they abused them ! And may their God punish them now and forever for their evil deeds, and for turning their backs on their vows to their parishoners, and their vows to their God. I know our Gods and Goddesses would show no mercy on individuals who had done crimes of abuse against children.
Finally I just want to ask a few simple questions. When will this stop ? When will Catholic priests stop abusing children ? When will the Archdioceses finally stop protecting these sick, violent animals ? When ?! When ?! When ?! WHEN ?!?!?!
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor