Two weeks ago, New Jersey's attorney general honored our state director Mark Crawford for his tireless work and ceaseless compassion for sex abuse victims. Crawford received the Ronald W. Reagan Award, which is the first of its kind given by the attorney general’s office.
Earlier this month, the Harvard Divinity School honored our Midwest director Peter Isley for his never-ending work for clergy sex abuse victims. Isley received the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Honors, which was established last year to honor alumni whose “excellence in life, work and service pays homage to the mission and values of Harvard Divinity School.”
Next month our western regional director Joelle Castiex will receive the Susan Laufer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Support Group Awareness from SHARE! Joelle has contributed selflessly and tirelessly to help survivors of sexual abuse find help and healing.
We’re proud of our brave and dedicated leaders, who selflessly volunteer their time and energy to help victims all over the world. Without them we would not be able to do what we do. Countless victims have been helped and future abuses have been prevented because of what they do every day.
Personally, I think that many victims have never heard or read the following portions of the New Testament, and I think the fact that they haven’t is precisely part of the catholic church’s continued ability of criminal evasion of responsibility and criminal abetting (both in the past, and present) of such crimes against humanity continuing on in the catholic church.
I believe that all catholics, of every age and sex, should be taught and have complete understanding of these words of Christ as recorded in the Bible: Luke 17:2, Mark 9:42 and Matthew 18: 6.
I say cursed be any catholic priest of any rank, from pope through the entire catholic church “heirarchy” who is not willing to read, understand and teach these specific words of Christ, from now until their own deaths. SHAME ON THEM, from now throughout eternity.
And, I say to all interested and effected decent, ordinary people please read, know and understand these words of Christ, because I believe you will be better protected, knowing and understanding the beliefs of Christ and what he advises us all to understand on this issue.
It’s like Mark Crawford convincing the legislature that there is such a thing as rape, of boys and young men. Quite honestly, there was a time in my own life when I would have scoffed at such a definition, and not have understood, nor believed rape of a male human, was possible.
I believe we also need to convince all catholics, that Christ himself, when asked how to deal with “scandal in the church” (including the raping of children and then trying to convince them that such victimization and heinous acts were their own fault and that they were in fact the “sinners” in these acts), these crimes (scandal in the church) Christ said such crimes were and remain crimes of such magnitude, that these “religious” rapist pedophiles deserve to be put to death, literally; by drowning.
I believe once survivor victims have read or heard or at least learned these words of THE loving Christ were in the Bible then and now, they will know that everything their perpetrators have said and done to them was and is abnormal and wrong, is lies and that they, their perpetrators, truly deserve to be at least punished and locked away, if not in fact put to death.