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04/13/2010

Keep Your Hands Off My Faith

J0434135 It has always been rather unpopular to be Catholic, but never more so than in the last few weeks.

The claims against priests in Germany, Ireland and New Zealand have brought to light the issue of child abuse within the church.  Again.  I call these allegations "claims", but I have no doubt the abuse happened.  America has been down this road before, priests were proved guilty.  If it happened here, it happened there too.

Do I think these priests need to be defrocked?  Yes.  Do I think they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law?  Yes.  The church should pay for therapy for the victims, they should pay restitution and they should continue to educate the clergy and parishioners, so this never happens again.

I can't begin to tell you how much these stories break my heart.  Being violated, especially by someone who is supposed to lead you in your faith, is unimaginable.

But, as much as a lot of people would like me to denounce the church, I am still a strong believer in Catholicism.  I believe in the holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  I believe in the Communion of Saints, which links me to the souls who have passed on.  I believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ and that by partaking in this Sacrament, I am feeding my body and soul.

I have disagreements with some of the church's policies, but I have disagreements with the policies in the government too.  That doesn't mean I'm going to move to Canada.  When I argue with my husband because we have different views, I don't pick up and leave the house.  Some people think I should leave the Catholic church, but why should I discontinue my choice of worship when it is others who have done wrong?

No matter how high this scandal travels up the cleric chain, the perpetrators must be dealt with, but please don't assume that I question my faith because of what these men have done.  I am not my mother, I am not my father and I am certainly not my priest.

This is an original Ohio Moms Blog post.

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