Luke 6:37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
My wife and I just completed watching “The Keeper”, and can be found on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet I warn you that you may tempted to judge, just as I was tempted to do. Briefly, back in the 60’s a nun was murdered. She was preparing to go to the police and report sexual abuse by a priest…the chaplain at an all girl high school.
When someone in power abuses another person, especially a child or the elderly, it becomes as disgusting as it can possibly be. If you’ve seen the movie “Spotlight” then all of the memories of priest abuse re-surfaces. In our case, there was a young man in our parish, several years ago, who was abused by one of our priests. If that’s not the worst part though, then a diocese/archdiocese that covers up the abuse has to be the biggest betrayal of their vows that I can think of.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.
So, I sit through all of the episodes with so many emotions…mostly sad. I found myself praying, when I began to get riled up, that I wouldn’t judge. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is something I remind myself all day long.
John 8:7 But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
I have faith that God dealt with all of these people justly. It isn’t my place to suggest that they shouldn’t receive absolution. My wife asked me that what they did, the actual abuse and cover up, has to be the greatest sin of all. Lust, adultery, lying, stealing innocence…are all grievous sins. But the greatest sin one can make is turning away from God. In essence isn’t that what they, in all of their power, were doing? My take away from this is that anyone who commits mortal sins, such as the priest and bishops in the “The Keeper”, is someone I want to distance myself from; until I can conquer the sin of judgement. It would be sinful of me to not trust God on how He would judge such a person. And do not want to sin.