Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Forgive me Father…

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.

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The Sunday Message

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Mark 10:14 (NIV)

A headline I read this past week was shocking and sickening:

301 ‘Predator Priests’ Named In Pa. Grand Jury Sex Abuse Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

Before I start, I am not a Catholic. I do know several people who are Catholics and they are genuinely good people. When they do talk about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals with children, they are sick about it.

CBS in Pittsburgh reported:

“To make it easier to target their victims, the priests gave their favored boys gifts – gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The crosses were markings of which boys had been groomed for abuse.”

That is sick.

The abuse has been going on for years. How do we know it’s stopped?

Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, he made this observation about the latest sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church:

If it was anything other than the Catholic Church, if you heard this about Jiffy Lube if you read in the paper at Jiffy Lube over 300 technicians were found guilty of molesting over a thousand children, would people still go to Jiffy Lube. It’s amazing how they get away with it.

I think they get away with it because they have money and they are an enormous organization.

As an outsider, the cold hard fact is when I see a Priest on TV or in public my first thought is “I wonder how many children he has molested?”

I’m sure I am not the only one. If I had small children the last place I would want them to go would be a Catholic Church.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. – Acts 20:28 (NIV)

Have a great week!

 

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