Nothing, not even what happens in secret, is hidden from Christ. The Bible makes it clear that sin catches up to people. It will be exposed. “Be certain of this, that your sin will catch up with you!” Numbers 32:23 (ISV)
At times, it may appear as if there’s no justice in our world. Sometimes, it seems like vile people continually mistreat others with heinous crimes. Yet, God will have justice. People will reap what they have sown on earth or eternally in hell.
Recently, over 300 priests of Catholic churches in Pennsylvania were exposed for physically, emotionally, and sexually abusing innocent children. My heart is burdened over this despicable and appalling news.
Keep in mind, the focus is only on one state; Pennsylvania. However, there is credible proof that priests across every continent have been abusing others, mostly children, for countless years. Many priests are going from church to church all over this world committing sin.
According to the investigative report, it’s been going on for many decades. A big cover up to brush the evil crimes under the rug. It’s the biggest scandal in the Catholic religion.
Here's what The New York Times article stated, "Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.
The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward.
It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion."
The perpetrator priests may have gotten away with their sinful behaviors for 70 years or more, but their evil acts have finally caught up with them. I can only imagine the tsunami of emotional distress that must be healed after the light has shined on this detestable darkness.
Traumatized people who were forced to remain silent, including their horrified families. Broken, innocent lives in which their childhood was stolen from them.
For those who want to argue that it’s the Catholic churches fault for not permitting priests to marry, I disagree. In my opinion, those priests didn’t want adult female relationships or marriage to women.
No, they preferred little boys and on occasions, little girls. Just read the evidence with the details. It speaks volumes loud and clear.
In addition, this isn't about sex or a mere disease. Rather, it is about blatant evil and sinful behaviors.
Of course, we mustn’t stereotype priests. Not all of them were involved in this scandal. I hope there are God fearing, trustworthy priests existing today.
But for those who silently stood by, completely aware of what was happening behind church doors, they are equally as sinful. To know one or more priests who are physically and sexually abusing children, but to remain quiet is a crime in itself. God will be the judge.
In the meantime, more outrageous news has exposed another leader within the Christian community. Apparently, Pat Robertson from the 700 Club TV show dismissed a mother whose little girl was sexually abused. Despite the fact that he didn’t know the age of the perpetrator, he ruthlessly told the mom to “get over it!”
News Flash: Victims of violent crimes do not just get over it. The traumatic experience deeply violates a person's heart and soul. It pierces deeply and can scar a person for life.
What has gone wrong in organized religion? How can our religious leaders become heartless, insensitive, and destructive?
The Catholic churches are not the only religion with physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. It’s happening in a wide variety of religions, including the Amish and Christian community.
The #MeToo movement has led to a #ChurchToo movement. Brave souls are breaking the silence.
What disturbs me deeply is that the church is supposed to be a sacred, safe haven. The religious leaders are meant to be trustworthy, compassionate, as well as the hands and feet of Christ. They are supposed to be Holy and blameless.
Today, I ask you to join me in prayer for the victims of church abuse and that they may heal from the trauma. Let’s cry out to Jesus on behalf of our religious leaders and churches to represent Christ in a sacred, Holy way.
May God continue to expose evil motives and find justice. Lastly, pray for supernatural restoration for our world to come to know Jesus as their Savior. For each hurting soul to know how much their Heavenly Father loves and cherishes them.
“And now, this word is for you, O religious leaders. If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor My name,” says the Lord of All, “then I will send the curse on you. I will destroy the good things you have been given. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you have not set your heart to honor Me.” Malachi 2:1-2 (NIV)