Over 30 years ago my young family lived on Guam, an island in the South Pacific. We were there as I served my country in the USAF. Guam has a special place in our hearts; I am still in regular contact with a family on the island.
In the August 13th issue of the Gazette was an article on Archbishop Anthony Apuron, accused of heinous sins against the youth. I faintly remember this man, but that had more to do with our devotion to the Lord than anything associated with the Catholic Church.
For years, the Catholic Church has been burdened with such behavioral issues and, as an institution, the Catholic Church speaks loudly, and properly, against moral failings of their own, especially those in religious leadership. There are many reasons why these failings prevail in the Catholic Church. Ultimately, though, it comes down to one’s moral foundation and whether the foundation is a compass followed in life, or not. What prevails in the Catholic Church reflects society. Hollywood, politicians, educators, business leaders and even some in the religious community have the same failings.
The Catholic Church can tell you what is wrong. Often, they can’t tell you why it is wrong, but sometimes, with the moral confusion, some will tell you the exact opposite. Why the confusion? Long ago, God’s prophet gave the answer to this question. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10, ESV)
When man directs his own steps, destruction follows. It’s just a matter of time, even if it does not occur until time’s end. The solution? It is and always has been the Lord, even for such men like those institutionally identified as Archbishops.
I submitted this LTE to the local paper on 8/18/2017; printed in the Gazette on 9.10.2017, posted to blog 9/2/2017