Cruelty towards flock haunts clergy amid sex abuse crisis

LaCroix International

February 28, 2019

About five years ago, a 17-year old girl took her newborn child to church for baptism in the central Philippine city of Cebu. Instead of blessings, a Redemptorist priest heaped scorn on the young mother.

“You should be ashamed and hide. We should close this church out of shame because you would have this child baptized without a husband,” thundered the priest. “The disgrace will be passed on to the child,” he warned.

Amid the drama of breast-beating during the recent Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, there was hardly any mention of acts of cruelty and self-righteousness like the one displayed in Cebu. The omission betrays a lack of discernment.

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