Admit it. We take them for granted. We put them on pedestals. We strongly believe they will do no wrong. We think they are beyond the devil’s reach. That is, until something happens and our world is rocked into disbelief as our pastoral leaders fail to live up to expectations and disappoint us with shocking inappropriate behaviour.
As a Catholic I shudder every time another incident of molestation comes to light. More and more, young impressionable boys and elderly celibate priests seem to be the volatile ingredients in a recipe blending temptation with sin, the result of which is disaster. I do feel however that we have an active role to play and to this end recently wrote about the real need to pray for our pastoral leaders.
Less than seven days later I come across the headline shown at the top of this post … and yes, I am left speechless. How can an equation of cocaine + condoms + vatican exist? Guess I really am naive, but even if one argues that (a) at least the priests are practising safe sex and (b) they need some kind of relief from the hard job of shepherding today’s flocks, there is something so wrong here that it belies the written word.
And so again, I say: let us pray. Our priests need us.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)