Saturday, June 23, 2012

If only Jerry Sandusky had been able to marry, this never would have happened. Oh wait...

Jerry Sandusky leaves the courthouse after bail was revoked following the guilty verdict. 

While all Catholics are appalled at priests who would violate young people sexually, there are some Catholics who use the situation to push for married priests.

Someone was bound to make this point today, and I hand it to my friend Liza in Facebook.  On the news that Jerry Sandusky was found guilty, she writes:

"If he [Jerry Sandusky] had only been able to marry, this never would have happened. Oh wait...."

Exactly. He is married and he was still found to have raped and molested young males.

Ending the celibacy rule in the priesthood would not prevent a pervert from doing what he wills. The same people who make such an illogical argument need to remember just how many children are raped and molested by people in schools, by parents in acts of incest, and by step-parents, and live-ins.

Strength of argument: Fail.

Pray for the young men who were brave enough to come forward to testify, and for any other potential victims who could not come forward.  Also, remember that as Christians, it is good to want justice.  However, vengeance belongs only to God.   No one, not even a man who would commit sins that cry out to heaven, is beyond God's mercy and forgiveness, if he repents.  Sandusky must still must pay his debt to those victims and to society for his crimes, but we, as Christians, must pray that he repents and reconciles with God.  Pray also for his family.  As the mother of one victim said, in spite of the court victory, "Nobody wins. We all lose."

Sandusky is isolated for his own well-being at the moment, and on suicide watch.

This reminds me, if you haven't checked out Dawn Eden's new book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints , now is a good time. Scroll after clicking Dawn's homepage, and look at the many links to reviews, interviews, audio, video, etc.

You can also read my review of the book at Amazon.

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