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Tough Spot to Be In
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
20 October 2002
Where is the middle ground between protecting children from priests who are child molestors, and keeping false accusations from running out of control?
So the Vatican has spoken. And will continue to speak. And the
Reality check: a high percentage of priests are homosexuals. Priests
Reality check: too many priests who have molested and received treatment
Reality check: higher ups in the system have knowingly protected priests
Reality check: molesters in secular employment lose their jobs and go
Reality check: realizing all the above, there are malcontents in every
Consequently, there is a lot of complication at the point of dealing
The same occurs to clergy, Catholic and non-Catholic, worldwide on a
Some parishioners don’t like something about the cleric. They go
I know. I have been counseling the above clerics through
So. . .the churchly pond can get quite murky.
I have been one who has written far and wide pro-children articles in
That in itself is a gross sin and answerable to God at the judgment;
But with all that said, there is still this sticky problem focusing on
God help us find the middle ground on this one—without compromising
Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church,