"Jesus wept."óJohn 11:35.
Contemporary headlines read, "Pedophile Scandals Shake
Catholicism to Its Core." Reactions could be mixed, from anger to
disbelief, but those who are compassionate will weep for all those who
were hurt by abuse, for the priests who did it, for the church thatís
being shaken, and for the millions who will be led astray.
In this time of crisis, which affects every Christian,
whether Protestant or Catholic, it is important to realize that
Augustine got it right when he defended the faith from the false
teachings of the Donatists and the Pelagians. It is not the priest or
the Christian who is holy and the arbiter of Godís grace. Rather, the
priest, the minister, the Christian, all of us are unworthy vessels who
have fallen short of the Glory of God, genetically defective so-to-speak
from the beginning, and it is God alone who acts through us and in us,
the author and finisher of our faith.
This is the time for all those in the church to point
to Jesus Christ, a personal relationship with a personal savior, who
died and was resurrected for the abused children and the abusive priests
and presbyters. The call now is to remember the truth of the Gospel,
repent and reclaim the victory, which is only available through Godís
grace, not manís works.
Priests are people too, as Augustine noted. It is
Jesus Christ alone who saves us.