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Tuesday 14 September 2010

Panorama and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church or Let's Repay Slander with a Blessing!

A number of programmes and newpaper reports have been spewing forth as erroneously about sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. For a bit of clarification on the truths of this issue have a look at the excellent information posted on Ecumenical Diablog.
It's a good reminder to pray for the victims of abuse, many of them are being used and abused again by the media for their own purposes now.

And while we are getting such a drubbing in the press, let's bear this in mind:

And finally, may you all be of one mind: compassionate, loving brotherhood, merciful, meek, humble, not repaying evil with evil, nor slander with slander, but, to the contrary, repaying with blessings. For to this you have been called, so that you may possess the inheritance of a blessing. For whoever wants to love life and to see good days should restrain his tongue from evil, and his lips, so that they utter no deceit. Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears are with their prayers, but the countenance of the Lord is upon those who do evil. And who is it who can harm you, if you are zealous in what is good? And yet, even when you suffer something for the sake of justice, you are blessed. So then, do not be afraid with their fear, and do not be disturbed. But sanctify Christ the Lord in your hearts, being always ready to give an explanation to all who ask you the reason for that hope which is in you. But do so with meekness and fear, having a good conscience, so that, in whatever matter they may slander you, they shall be confounded, since they falsely accuse your good behavior in Christ. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if it is the will of God, than for doing evil. For Christ also died once for our sins, the Just One on behalf of the unjust, so that he might offer us to God, having died, certainly, in the flesh, but having been enlivened by the Spirit.

1 Peter 3:8-3:15

Clare McCullough

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