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Bishop Galantino and the treachery of fathers

Posted by Joseph on 30 May, 2014

by Jason Jones

May 29, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Few things devastate a human soul like betrayal by a father.  He is the earthly pattern we use for imagining the God who calls himself our Father.  Learning that “Dad” is human and flawed is a sad but normal part of growing up.  But what if what we discover instead is that he has shrugged off the solemn duty of self-sacrifice and is using his power selfishly—even against us?  Then we begin to suspect that God is dead, and that the universe might really be evil.

That is what children of domestic violence learn, and many children of abandonment and divorce.  It is what the victims of sex abuse learn from the father-figures (teachers, or coaches, or pastors) who turned them into objects of lust to exploit.  It’s the kind of lesson that many Catholics took away from their spiritual fathers, their bishops, when those men shuffled clerical perverts from parish to parish, instead of calling the cops.  Or when their bishops make statements mocking the faithful, and winking at the dominant culture of death.



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