A parish in California had an overflowing congregation of parishioners and community members praying for and supporting a long-time respected pastor who recently was accused by two men who say that he molested them as children in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Advocates for victims who come forward are outraged at those who organized the candlelight vigil and prayer service in their Catholic Church. They say it will prevent other abuse victims from coming forward.
I have to admit that I have some discomfort with this kind of a prayer vigil although I know that today priests who are accused are now presumed guilty until proven innocent.
Would it have been better simply to celebrate a prayer service or even a Mass in the pursuit of truth and commend both the priest and his accusers to God’s grace and wisdom and purifying love?
What say you?