Just recently it was reported by the Great Falls Tribune that a retired Montana priest was charged with receiving child pornography. He is from Great Falls. His name Lothar Konrad Krauth and he is 80 years old. He was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Church from 1989 to 2014. The complaint alleges the crimes occurred in 2017 and 2018.
The complaint says officers acting on a tip discovered 400 images of child pornography at Krauth’s residence in Great Falls, some involving children as young as 2. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
It was recently reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings (Montana) settled 86 sexual abuse claims for $20 million. (AP)
Some reports say there are over 10,000 allegations made against priests in the United States.
My thoughts about this matter follow.
No matter how many allegations there are, it should make you sick at your stomach.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
The Catholic Online Bible’s version:
God’s saving justice given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. No distinction is made: all have sinned and lack God’s glory, and all are justified by the free gift of his grace through being set free in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:22-24
Many Christians remember this verse, especially the words “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and use it regularly to justify their own shortcomings.
I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian. I wonder if the Catholic Priests who are child molesters and those who view child pornography believe that verse justifies their sins.
“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…” has a whole new meaning over the past few years in the Catholic Church. It seems just about everywhere you look, the “Father” is doing the sinning.
Yes, Father, you have sinned, and in my humble opinion those of you who molested children should burn in hell for it.
The Catholic Church will never recover from this terrible chapter – nor should they. They should not be allowed to buy their way out of these crimes, either.
If there are any Catholics out there who want to answer this question, “Why do you still associate with the Catholic Church,” the comment section is open.
The abuse is wide-spread. When people see a priest these days they have to wonder to themselves, “How many children has he abused?”
Sure, other denominations have problems, like child abuse, but nothing compares to what has happened in the Catholic Church.
I’ve never seen a denomination that I agree with all of their doctrine, but what happens when we hear about child abuse in churches is it turns people against religion. It turns people away from God. It turns people off.
One report I recently read said there might be as many as 26% of Americans who are atheists. I think it’s no wonder people don’t believe in God these days.
We may never know all the damage that has been done by Catholic Priests who abused and molested children. We can only hope and pray that all those responsible and those who looked the other way will suffer greatly for all eternity. The Catholic Church should suffer, too.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. – 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)