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We should pray for all those clergy falsely accused of sexual abuse

There are almost certainly far more of them than most of us realise

By on Thursday, 24 March 2011

Fr John Corapi, a well-known speaker and author, has been put on 'administrative leave' while an allegation against him is investigated (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, Catholic Spirit)

Fr John Corapi, a well-known speaker and author, has been put on 'administrative leave' while an allegation against him is investigated (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, Catholic Spirit)

There can be very little doubt that it had become necessary to set up some kind of procedure for the protection of children from sexual abuse by that tiny minority of priests who have been involved in this hideous crime. As I have repeatedly pointed out, this minority is numerically no greater than the percentage of abusers in the male population at large. According to one source, “the prevalence of paedophilia in the general population is not known, but is estimated to be lower than five per cent based on several smaller studies with prevalence rates between three per cent and nine per cent”. The rate among priests is almost certainly at or below the lower end of this range. That is, of course, no excuse for those who have committed it. It’s no defence to say that priests are no worse than other men: they ought to be a good deal better. As Archbishop Vincent Nichols has rightly said, “in the last 40 years, less than half of one per cent of Catholic priests in England and Wales (0.4 per cent) have had allegations of child abuse made against them. Fewer have been found guilty. Do not misunderstand me. One is too many… The work of safeguarding, needed within any organisation and within our society as a whole, is demanding but absolutely necessary.”

So, something had to be done, even though the Church is practically the only organisation in society which is actually doing it. First, those very few children and teenagers actually in danger from Catholic priests obviously had to be protected. Second, and understandably, Catholic hierarchies, having erred in one direction in the past, had to make sure they were immune from such accusations in the future. So they set up procedures so rigorous that they have now erred in the other direction: in other words, without necessarily having any evidence of any kind, they now immediately suspend any priest accused, whether the accusations are believable or not. Innocent or guilty, this has often been enough to wreck his priestly ministry for ever: after all, everyone knows that there is no smoke without fire.

I know (as many of us do) that there has been a considerable number of false accusations, particularly when it has been possible to mount some kind of legal demand for compensation: where a priest is known to be wealthy, or to be a member of a wealthy family, this vile phenomenon has been particularly flagrant.

Such allegations have been concerned not only with the alleged sexual abuse of minors, but also with supposed sexual offences against adults. This is true also in the US, to which I will now confine my attention, since though, I repeat, I know of cases in England where this has happened, I don’t want to draw attention to them, for obvious reasons. However, an American priest, Fr John Corapi, has now drawn attention to his own case. Fr Corapi is well known, through his regular television and radio appearances, from speaking tours, and from his website, on which he has just posted the following cri de coeur:

A Call for Prayer

On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.

I’ll certainly co-operate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.

All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned. Fr Corapi.

There can be no doubt that false accusations of sexual offences against priests is a widespread phenomenon. Fr Z has drawn attention to a 10-page declaration recently submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by the attorney Donald Steier, who has been involved in the investigation of over 100 cases of alleged clerical sexual misconduct, who has arrived at the conclusion that many of these accusations are fraudulent. Mr Steier says that “one retired FBI agent who worked with me to investigate many claims in the clergy cases told me, in his opinion, about one half of the claims made in the clergy cases were either entirely false or so greatly exaggerated that the truth would not have supported a prosecutable claim for childhood sexual abuse” [original emphasis].

Meanwhile, Fr Corapi has asked for our prayers, not only for him, but for his accuser. I have no way of knowing with any certainty whether her accusations are false or not. But true or false, we should pray not only for him, but for all those falsely accused, as well (of course) for genuine victims and their abusers.

  • Pookychicken

    Father Corapi is a modern St Augustine I think. Surely he will exonerated of this non-sense. One thing that is great about him is that he exposes the liberalism that exists within the church.

  • Marialouisa Perry

    I don’t know a thing about him, or his accuser, but don’t you think we should wait patiently for the truth to come out (either way) before we get too involved? I hope that he is innocent, but at the end of the day, I’m not in the know, so whatever the Church says I’ll go with. I see a lot of the same behaviour about this man as I see about Medjugorie – people essentially threatening disobedience to the Church if the Church doesn’t decide that Corapi is innocent/Medjugorie is real. And I don’t see what is Catholic about disobeying the church….

  • PhilipH

    Good article. It has long been accepted that other professions e.g. teachers are sometimes the victims of false accusers – so why should it be any different for priests or religious? Especially when there may be compensation money to be had. And I do wonder about some of these cases where accusations are made dating back decades where possible defense witnesses may have died, evidence has been lost etc. What chance does a priest have to defend himself or clear his name? Of course some accusations may be true, but we shouldn’t always presume guilt.

  • Regina

    Most studies show that at least 7% of priests have been credibly accused of abuse.

    You miss the point regarding sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It is about the cover-up, the protection and enabling of abusing priests by the hierarchy. This is a systematic problem which has existed in the church for decades, probably centuries. The church in many ways continues to protect the perpetrators; blames the messengers; views the victims as the enemy; refuses to hold the enablers accountable (case in point, Bernard Law); refuses to be transparent regarding what they know. I know of no other institution which has this documented record regarding these crimes. The fact that it is a religious institution only makes them all the mnore hypocritical. There is nothing “tiny” about the numbers of Catholic clergy who have either abused, kept quiet about known abuse; or deliberately protected abusers.

    http://www.BishopAccountability.org

    This idea that people are pouring out of the woodwork to accuse priests of abuse is utter rubbish.
    The opposite is true, there are many more cases of abuse by priests than are reported. Most sexual abuse victims do not tell anyone for decades (for reasons which make sense if one understands abuse), therefore we know that clergy abuse victims will keep coming forward for decades. Half of all rape victims never report the crime.

    Also, one does not just accuse a priest of abuse and receive a settlement, or have their case taken by a lawyer. They have to be credible accusations in order for the case to proceed. And, the church has dismissed cases when there IS credible evidence.

    Please, please, focus on the real problem with abuse by priests. It is NOT false allegations.

  • Regina

    Most studies show that at least 7% of priests have been credibly accused of abuse.

    You miss the point regarding sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It is about the cover-up, the protection and enabling of abusing priests by the hierarchy. This is a systematic problem which has existed in the church for decades, probably centuries. The church in many ways continues to protect the perpetrators; blames the messengers; views the victims as the enemy; refuses to hold the enablers accountable (case in point, Bernard Law); refuses to be transparent regarding what they know. I know of no other institution which has this documented record regarding these crimes. The fact that it is a religious institution only makes them all the mnore hypocritical. There is nothing “tiny” about the numbers of Catholic clergy who have either abused, kept quiet about known abuse; or deliberately protected abusers.

    http://www.BishopAccountability.org

    This idea that people are pouring out of the woodwork to accuse priests of abuse is utter rubbish.
    The opposite is true, there are many more cases of abuse by priests than are reported. Most sexual abuse victims do not tell anyone for decades (for reasons which make sense if one understands abuse), therefore we know that clergy abuse victims will keep coming forward for decades. Half of all rape victims never report the crime.

    Also, one does not just accuse a priest of abuse and receive a settlement, or have their case taken by a lawyer. They have to be credible accusations in order for the case to proceed. And, the church has dismissed cases when there IS credible evidence.

    Please, please, focus on the real problem with abuse by priests. It is NOT false allegations.

  • Jeannine

    Having this great preacher being accused of inappropriate behavior saddens & confuses me.

    On one hand, I happen to know the priest who was part of the formation team (This man is a convert who had a very colorful background.) that admitted Fr Corapi to the orthodox seminary. If there was any hint of deviancy, this team would have dismissed him. It so happens that Fr Corapi had a very sinful past & does not hide from it; but, uses it as an example of God’s mercy & forgiveness. In my heart I believe Fr Corapi is totally innocent. Will his reputation be recovered if found innocent?

    On the other hand, the Catholic Church can not let another Fr Marciel be involved in active ministry. The bishop & his religious superior fully admit that Fr Corapi is innocent until proven wrong & will be placed on administrative leave until the truth is revealed. I see nothing wrong with that.

  • PM

    Dear Fr. Copari, I’m sacrificing pain med for my knee until this issue is resolved. Everything is in God’s hands right now. Prayer is the only answer.

  • Killianln

    Your facts are incorrect. The John Jay study conducted in 1993 shows that 6% of priests had credible accusations against them. As new accusations roll in, that number has staedily climbed. Remember that that the John Jay report was a self survey conducted by the very bishops who covered up these crimes. Of all the dioceses in the US, 7 have been scrutinized by and independent process (ie grand jury or DA investigation). In all 7, the original repoirting of the diocese was found to be exceedingly low. In fact all 7 show a consistent 10% abuse rate amoung priests. It is hard for me to believe that these 7 just appen to be the exception to the rule. The number people should be using, the one generated by a disinterested 3rd party, is 10%.

  • Anonymous

    I read an article about a year ago in The Times about teachers accused of the abuse of minors. The statistics given in that article showed that only 4% of those accused were found guilty.

    However the reputation of those accused but not found guilty is always under a cloud.

    Until found guilty, priests, teachers and others should NOT be named. I realise this is difficult if they are suddenly removed from their parish or school, but it is not impossible.

    It is too easy if someone has a grudge against a priest or a teacher to fling some accusations around in order to ruin them, whether true or (more often it seems) false.

  • Neb

    Statistics. 6% of priests who had accusations made against them had credible acusations against them.

  • David

    Simple…The RCC Keeps records in triplicate.

    My Pastor Fr. Soave was dragged out kicking and screaming by the diocese “Intervention team”, denying he did anything.

    Parishioners Crucified the Victims and the new pastor announced that Fr. Soave left for health reasons and asked everyone to pray for him.

    One of Soave’s victims committed suicide. Many other victims lives(mine as well) were so twisted we resorted to drugs and alcohol to deal with the Betrayal.

    When I went to the new pastor and asked if he would have a healing mass for Fr. Soaves victims, the new pastor REFUSED, saying, “Absolutely not”.

    Fr. Soave was promoted to Vicar after spending time on a church run Ped. farm.

    Has anyone read any of the Grand Jury Investigations of what the RCC did and allowed?
    http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/da/press/pdf/DRVC%20GRAND%20JURY%20REPORT.pdf

    Grand Jury Findings
    Excerpts :

    – “The evidence before the Grand Jury “Clearly Demonstrates” that Diocesan officials agreed to engage in conduct that resulted in the prevention, hindrance and delay in the discovery of criminal conduct by priests. They conceived and agreed to a plan using deception and intimidation to prevent victims from seeking legal solutions to their problems.”- Pg.173
    – “Within Diocesan circles the Office(Office of Legal Affairs) and it’s handling of cases involving the criminal sexual abuse of children, was applauded.”
    – “The response of priests in the Diocesan hierarchy to allegations of criminal sexual abuse “was not Pastoral”.-In fact, although there was a written policy that set a pastoral tone, it was a sham”.-Pg.106
    – Victims were deceived; priests who were civil attorneys portrayed themselves as interested in the concerns of victims and pretended to be acting for their benefit while they acted only to protect the Diocese.-Pg.106

  • David

    We should pray for all those clergy falsely accused of sexual abuse?????

    Leave it to the Catholic Herald to print such Propaganda !

    There is a well known lawyer among priests, his name…”Patrick Schlitz”. Patrick Schlitz has defended more than 500 cases of Priests accused of Sexually Abusing Children, fewer than 10 were found to be based on False Accusations-NYTimes 2002

    “Patrick Schiltz, dean of the University of St. Thomas law school in Minnesota, said that over more than a decade he had defended Catholic dioceses against sexual-abuse lawsuits in more than 500 cases, and that he had concluded that ‘fewer than 10′ of those cases were based on false accusations.” See Doubt Is Cast on Accuser of 2 Priests, Judge Says, by Sam Dillon, New York Times, August 31, 2002. Schiltz was named a federal district court judge in 2006.

    The Schiltz estimate is corroborated by a 2004 report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and written by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The report analyzed surveys completed by the U.S. dioceses and many religious orders. The collated results of one of the surveys show that 5,681diocesan investigations of abuse allegations in 1950-2002 yielded definitive results:
    4,570 allegations were substantiated (80%)
    1,028 allegations were unsubstantiated (18%)
    83 allegations were deemed false (1.5%)

    Note that these definitively investigated allegations represent slightly more than half of the 10,667 allegations reported in the John Jay study. The other allegations were investigated without definitive result or were not investigated at all. Moreover, the church-funded research project did not collect any data on 298 priests who were considered by their bishops to be exonerated when the dioceses completed the surveys in 2003.

    Kathleen McChesney, who was the first executive director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has summarized the John Jay findings on false allegations: “False reporting of sexual abuse by children is very rare.”

    Lets Start Praying for the Victims.

  • Njbellord

    Marialouisa: What you are saying is that you will regard someone as guilty until they are proved innocent. You must distinguish between the administrative actions of clerics and the teachings of the Church.

    More than one Catholic lawyer who deals with these cases believe that the present procedures offend the principle of you are innocent until you are proved guilty. Certain people in the clerical ranks of the Church made bad mistakes in the past but there has been an over-reaction. Actually this reflects society at large. I can remember cases, twenty or more years ago, where people were brought before the courts on serious charges and were then treated with such extraordinary leniency that you began to wonder whether some people thought paedophilia was almost acceptable. Now society has over-reacted with witch-hunts.

    Remember though that these cases involving Catholic clergy were relatively rare. It just seemed a lot because crimes that had occurred over a period of thirty or forty years suddenly came to light in a period of three or four years so the perception was that the problem was much worse than it actually was.

    Personally I am much more worried by the sex education problem where the hierarchy as a whole, through the Catholic Education Service, are believed to have failed to promote the teachings of the Church. This affects all our children and grandchildren not just the tiny minority abused by clerics. From my own small experience I am astonished at what is being taught in what are supposed to be Catholic schools. This is something where the hierarchy need to take urgent action and clarify as to what exactly is happening.

    Nicolas Bellord

  • Jeannine

    I would be careful when you quote from the NY Times; they are very anti-Catholic. Are these numbers actually in the John Jay Report or do you trust the NY Times reporting?

  • Michael

    It should be remembered that Fr. Corapi has NOT been accused of pedophilia, but of drug use and having had sexual encounters with adult women. There is a huge difference between “conduct unbecoming a priest” and pedophilia.

  • donbtex

    One item that has not gotten much attention from the mainstream media is a report from Los Angeles by a former FBI agent who reviewed hundreds of cases and concluded professionally that as many as 50% of the accusations are false.

    I personally know one priest who was not accused until he was not longer able to defend himself (he had Alzheimer the last 5 years of his life). And since we are not allowed to know who the accusers are, we cannot make an informed decision as to the merits of these cases.

    And it must be acknowledged that organizations such as SNAP must continually stir the pot if they wish to have an ongoing cash flow from the Church.

    Isn’t it interesting that the Church is the organization being the most heavily sued when the percentage of abusers in the public school system is much higher that the percentage of priests? School districts are protected by law as to the amount of monetary awards that can be obtained by the victims. So the Church, which is not protected or limited as the governmental agencies are, has the deep pockets ripe for picking.

    While there is no doubt that true abusers cannot ever be tolerated in the Church, prudence and justice demand that the accusations be real and the accused is afforded the basic right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • Kcgrock

    If this accusation proves to be false, then Satan (working through Fr. Corapi’s accuser) has had a fulfilling mission undermining a wonderful disciple of Christ. What a pity!

  • carmel

    But this isn’t a child who is making these allegations.

  • Weary Convert

    Perhaps Willlam Oddie will now comment on the $166 million damages just imposed on the Jesuits in Oregon for consistent and vile abuse, much of it long before Vatican II, the regular excuse of the apologists.

  • Kennyinliverpool

    YES you are completely right! It is so typical of right wing Catholics to blame the victims instead of looking at their own church and asking how or why it allowed known sex offenders to continue in ministry.
    It is literally unbelievable that the Catholic Church has so actively spat at the Gospel and undermined the entire ministry of Jesus, which included the condemnation of false religiosity!
    Anyway – thanks for posting some sanity
    - why didn’t they have a ‘pray for the victims of child abuse’ story?

  • http://ccfather.blogspot.com/ Ben Trovato

    He has already said that we should pray for genuine victims in this article. In no way does he deny the problem or condone it. Yours is a silly comment…

  • AgingPapist

    Dr. Oddie, Of course, you’re right. We must pray for the innocent who are unjustly accused of any crimes. However, let us not use this as a pillow upon which law enforcement authorities and a vigilant Catholic laity everywhere should rest their heads in their relentless drive to protect children and schools by diligently seeking out, prosecuting, and imprisoning those who are now simply suspects. When there are serious allegations and strong evidence of possible criminal acts.

    It’s understandable why the hierarchy want to quickly put the issue of priestly sexual impurity and their criminous acts on the back burner. Where ,hopefully, they will die a quick death, but this issue is a worldwide issue now, and it isn’t about to go away.

    In the U.S.A. there may be fresh allegations in the making as we speak. With a hierarchy , the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ,using every opportunity to deflect,obfuscate, and delay any further investigation of priestly pederasty by local legal and the police. The ruinous publicity is creating a nightmare for the Catholic Church in America. This is not the time for innocent Catholics, priests or laity, to head for the caves and bury their heads in the sand hoping the demons go away. This only encourages the malefactors.

  • AgingPapist

    and it’s those wicked “liberals” out to get him, eh? LOL LOL

  • AgingPapist

    Isn’t it interesting that the Church is the organization being the most heavily sued when the percentage of abusers in the public school system is much higher that the percentage of priests?
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    There is no such proof the percentage of abusers in higher in the American public school system. This is a frequent quote from extreme traditionalist groups who are guilty of being in a state of denial. FBI agents can provide anecdotal evidence, but only from their own experience. Along side the John Jay Report and the Irish Government’s report on sexual abuse those FBI claims simply don’t hold up and are absurdly laughable.

    Priests are held to a far higher standard–I would hope they would be–than public school teachers. To say it happens elsewhere does not for a moment excuse any priest or bishop. When I hear priests and bishops making the claim you have cited, those who do the paying, praying, and obeying in the pews need to take action to remove them from public ministry, or refuse to bankroll their parishes and dioceses.

  • AgingPapist

    The “New York Times” has blown the bishops’ cover. So has the “National Catholic Reporter”, the “Los Angeles Times”, “America” magazine. Time to wake up, smell the Catholic coffee beans burning on the stove, and look around you.

    The reports of widespread pederasty aren’t in our imagination. Catholic dioceses have gone bankrupt paying out hundred of billions of dollars to victims and lawyers. This legal process is real, with real evidence received under oath, not a figment of a judge or lawyer’s imagination. These are serious legal and police activities which have exposed the dirty underwear of the U. S. hierarchy and the priests they’ve been protecting and transferring to other dioceses. Some of the bishops are still in need a bath.

  • AgingPapist

    Remember though that these cases involving Catholic clergy were relatively rare. It just seemed a lot because crimes that had occurred over a period of thirty or forty years suddenly came to light in a period of three or four years so the perception was that the problem was much worse than it actually was.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
    Nicolas, You might be interested to know that the claim that there are few cases and those are rare doesn’t ring true today. Anymore than it rang true in the 1980s. When certain people in the Vatican claimed the scandals were largely confined to America and very rare. We’ve learned quite painfully, that was not true.

    The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, America’s largest archdiocese now, was forced to turn over diocesan records by court order. Those records showed cases of pederasty and transfers of clergy with “problems” going back to the early 1920s.

    The pope is being sued at the present to turn over similar records from the Vatican archives. Benedict XVI will throw them into a bonfire before they ever see the light of day. With bishops reporting, or obliged to report, these sex abuse cases , resulting legal action, and court awards to the papal nuncio and then to Rome as part of their “ad limina visit” report, I’d wager the pope is sitting on perhaps the greatest documentary hoard of evidence illustrating clerical and episcopal crimes in the history of the Church. Going back centuries, not decades. Benedict XVI can run, but he can’t hide.

    A Wikileaks seminarian buried in the bowels of the Congregation of Bishops, or other dicastery will let the cat out of the bag someday. The whole edifice leaks like a sieve as it now. Then, we’ll see the most illustrious case of the cat thrown amidst the pigeons in history.

  • Tony

    Your point is not well taken.
    I left the church because
    1. The well oiled cover up mechanism that worked so well.
    2. The hatred for the abused displayed by those in the pews.
    3. The prevalence of clergy abuse over much of the world.
    4. The presumption that the priest is innocent is no different from those that presume the priest is guilty.

  • Michel Roi

    As a practising Catholic in secular Canada (we’re about halfway between the USA and France/ Britain with regards to religious practice, and many other things) I feel very sad and weary over clerical sex scandals and wonder when this bombardment of bad news will be over. I’m involved with Catholic education (and mental health) and have a lot of exposure to priests. I believe that 90% would never be inappropriate with a kid. As well, most men and women I know have largely positive memories of priests. There is however the 6 to 10% who are willing to treat the young as objects for personal pleasure. As well, there are other priests who have sexual relationships with adult women (I’ve seen far more of this). But I am still morally certain that most priests in my area are trying to be good servants of God and the people, and are men of integrity. I am sad that a large minority (sorry, I do think it’s larger than many care to admit) of priests unfaithful to the celibate commitment drag the larger number of faithful priests down. And even worse, drag the credibility of Christ’s Gospel down as well.

  • Anonymous

    and for those justly accused and their victims.

  • Weary Convert

    I simply asked that Oddie comment on the latest development. I am still waiting.

  • Poulettictac

    You are so right, dear AgingPapist. The bishops (such as they are) and the clergy (I include religious of both genders) have not only been covering up for what amounts to a generation and more but, in acting and in living ‘la vida loca’ during all this time, are directly and corporately responsible for the partial demolition of the Church on earth and for the attempted destruction of the Faith. The ‘little ones’ – those confided to the care of the clergy by Our Lord – have been abused in all manner of means by the generation of vipers who expect our ‘obedience’, the very obedience they refuse to Christ, His Holy Church and to His will. It is all disgustingly and horrifyingly real. It all spits in the face of Christ and it cries to heaven for vengeance

  • Prawdziwypolak

    Catholics are being abused and persecuted all over the world, before and now, however, for some reason nobody seams to care for it. And, of course, some people, most of the time the persecutors, do not believe in God, and in many cases, consciously or subconsciously, serve the Devil. To my understanding, many of the “priests abusing children” stories are simply made up by greedy people who trusted their lives to evil. Evil or devil is the first enemy of God and His Church, and devil will do anything and everything to destroy the Church. So, those who worship Devil listen to it and do exactly what the Devil tells them to do. In this case it is destroying the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ. Devil desires to destroy as many people as it only can. Devil wants everybody, us, to fall out of the Church, so that we would not be rescued from the sins and be granted Salvation. And the God’s Apostles, our Priests, on the other hand, bring people to God and to Salvation through the HOLY SACRAMENTS, such as Baptism which washes us from the original sin, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick. These Sacraments wash our daily sins and purify us, make us stronger in our faith, hope, and love, teach us forgiveness and mutual love, and open for us the gaits to eternal happiness with God in Heaven. And the Sacrament of Marriage through which God brings together two people, man and woman, and blesses them to love each other and bring to life children, the miracles of life. And also the Sacrament of the Holy Orders which is Priesthood, through which we can receive Jesus in the Holy Sacraments, and through which God can rich us and grant us Salvation. How amazing is that. However, the Devil hates that. It does not want us to go to Heaven to live in eternal Happiness with God. It wants us to go to hell and suffer eternal condemnation like It is suffering. Devil knows that it can achieve that by, first, destroying the Pope and the Priests, and then, by spreading a hateful and malicious lies all over the world that there is no God. It uses the technique as the Bible says, “Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered” Zechariah 13. 7. However, thanks to God, the Church will prevail. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build My Church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” Mt. 16, 19.

    Because of Priests, Devil fails to destroy the Holy Catholic Church and to bring the entire world to everlasting condemnation. It hates God and God’s Church. It hates everybody who in the name of Jesus Christ is doing Good. Using its malicious lies, Devil wants to bring the entire humanity to eternal death. Nonstop, Devil develops different and, each time, more treacherous and deadlier forms of attacks on Catholic Church. It wants to destroy the Priests, and through that bring the Catholic Church to an end.

    We have to open our eyes and see what is happening! We cannot let ourselves to fall into devil’s trap. Evil is tricky, it will devour in no time those who sttay away from God and will overcome them far before they even have chance to recognize it. It does not matter how strong these people think they are; without God they are week, they are helpless, they are nothing.

    I beg all of you to pray a lot. Pray Rosary which is the biggest weapon against evil. Rosary contains in It the entire Gospel – The Good News of Salvation. Plus, Devil fears our Holy Mother Mary because She broke it. She is pure, great, and with no sin. Let’s go to Daily Mass and get strength from God Himself. Allow Jesus Christ feed us with His Holy Body and Blood; allow Jesus feed us with His words of eternal life and light. There is nothing as strong and powerful as the Holy Mass at the Catholic Church. And if we do not have Priests, who will celebrate the Holy Mass and bring us Holy Sacraments, who will? The attack is carefully thought and planed; evil knows what it is doing. Evil tries to tell us that there is something else out there that can fill our hearts; however that is a lie. There is nothing out there but emptiness, grief, grudge, hatred, evilness, envy, anger, lack of forgiveness, darkness, and death. Evil leads nowhere but to hell, to eternal condemnation and, eventually, to eternal death when Jesus Christ comes to Earth the Second time.

    There is so much anger, greediness, grudge, and hatred in us and in the world that produces wars and death. We have to return to God; we have to pray for forgiveness, for love towards each other, for hope, and for the faith in One True God. God will listen to our prayer and He will grant us Salvation. And please, let’s do not watch too much TV; there is nothing good on there. TV teaches us egoism and jealousy which leads to anger and hatred, which consequently leads to killing. Let’s rather turn to God to be fed with His Holy Body and Blood. Let’s fill our hearts with his Holy words; the words that are full of Love and Hope. Listen to the Gospel. And then we will be able to do good, to love one another, to forgive. And then, the world will become a better place to live. Our future lies also in our hands