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  • Thank you, Mary, for your candid perception of what we are feeling as a Parish. Yes, it has hurt each of us in some way to lose Father and to be disappointed because WE expected more of him than anyone else. That was our own fault. We all have sinned and do so daily. We all pray for Father and for our Parish. As for someone who leaves the Church due to this situation, they are looking for an excuse to go. We must stick together as family and continue in Christ's work, seeking his guidance in all we do. Thank you again!

    Posted on Apr 26th, 2011 at 11:21 PM by K. Roussos

  • Very well said Mary

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 7:44 AM by S Howard

  • What the priest did was objectively wrong, sinful in fact. It's ok to judge the sexual misconduct of a parish priest as a moral offense. It is. To identify his sin as a simple stumble is not correct--it was wrong. St. Ignatius of Antioch identified the priest as the 'living image of God'--that's why people hold them to such high standards--they are to become like Christ. But when they abandons their responsibility to do this, it's devastating to his people--even if he is human and weak. I will pray for your parish, especially for the members as they will need time to heal.

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 8:03 AM by Dismayed with certain church leaders

  • Dear "Dismayed", I understand what you are saying, and how you feel. However, I'm more concerned here with how God tells us to forgive all, and leave the rest to Him. We appreciate so very much your prayers as we heal. God Bless you.

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 12:21 PM by Mary Breiner

  • I keep thinking of Peter and his denial of Christ three times. Not once but three! He walked with Jesus, saw his miracles and knew him like a brother. Did or did he not sin? To deny Christ, I think he sinned. But yet Christ forgave him and made him a priest. I think Christ will forgive anyone including a priest if they are sincere and willing to turn away from their sin...We humans have trouble with forgiving and trying to understand what happened and why. We are not to judge... Only GOD! We must ask God for his forgivness and pray not only for ourselves but for others....

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 12:38 PM by unknown

  • Mary, Awesome job at verbalizing what we are feeling after the recent events. I understand the different points of view on this.... However.....since we can not change what has happened, I believe we should use prayer & reflection to evaluate what "we" could've done & what we can do in the future to support others to live a holy life. It's not just the Priest's that are called by God to live a clean life, serve as an example , & embrace mankind with love....We all have that job.

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 3:24 PM by P Shouse

  • Nice reflection. My prayers will be with us all!

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 5:27 PM by Vicki

  • Thank you Mary for having the courage to write about this. I will certainly pray for Father and your parish. I read recently that we must give ourselves to God, sins and all. To try and hide the sinful part from God is ludicrous. He created us so he knows our sinfulness. And he loves us despite it. God Bless you all as you heal.

    Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 at 7:58 PM by Rich Vosler