Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Definition of Abuse

Danielle Bean wrote this article for Washington Post about a book (Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times) that was a week-long interview with the Pope.
Being Catholic, I was interested to know more about it, but what grabbed my attention in her article was a few quotes from the Pope about the sexual abuse crisis. Here is my favorite:
"It was really almost like the crater of a volcano, out of which suddenly a tremendous cloud of filth came, darkening and soiling everything, so that above all the priesthood suddenly seemed to be a place of shame and every priest was under the suspicion of being one like that too."
Well. Someone finally said it like it is. No glossing over it. A "... cloud of filth came, darkening and soiling everything..."
Evil and filth. That is what child sexual abuse is. There is no getting around it. There is no way to make it look better. No way to gloss it over. No way to "pretty" it up.
Evil and filth.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse, it is comforting to know that there is someone in the Church who sees it for what it is.
Evil and filth.
Thank you, Il Papa. (Pope)

4 comments:

Just Be Real said...

Wow, I like the quote as well Colleen. Thank you for sharing and the link as well. Blessings to you dear one. ((((Colleen))))

Colleen said...

JBR, glad you liked it! Blessings and hugs to you too!

Just Be Real said...

((((Colleen))))
Felt you needed this.

Colleen said...

Thank you!! You always know the right time!