Yep, blaspheme some more. I abhor members of the clergy who hide underneath their cassocks. I, not only, pray that they be roasted and re-roasted in hell or wherever for the crimes that they commit here on earth, but I also pray that all the prosecutors who use twisted logic to exonerate these offenders—sexual offenders at that—be dealt with the same punishment.
While rejoicing over Pacman’s victory, I read about the dismissal of the case of acts of lasciviousness filed against Cebu Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Benedicto Ejares. Having come from a family of lawyers, I can take acquittals and conviction as if it’s just another weather forecast. But my evening was completely ruined upon reading that the prosecutors dismissed the case on the contention that the defendant’s actions of toying with bra straps and touching the students’ arms and backs and of embracing them are matter of routine and habit, and that such body parts are not even “private”. The prosecutors even went on to describe the priest as not an ordinary being but an alter-ego of Jesus Christ! Such travesty!
Twenty minors complained but only seven submitted sworn statements. Apparently, these were not enough to convict an alter-ego of Jesus Christ. If we live in a world where priests can freely touch our not-so-private parts while administering sacraments and where prosecutors let them be because they are no ordinary beings, then I don’t know where this is leading to anymore. Next time, if a priest is in some TV series in the US, I won’t be surprised if we’d hear lines like, you’re so lewd, you must’ve come from some seminary in the Philippines! I know it’s not an isolated case and it’s not something that has happened only in the Philippines but I’m not sure if we have convicted any sex offender who hails from inside the church.
I am not one to judge. I have lint in my eyes too. I even have many friends in the clergy. I know not all of them are bad eggs. But there are simply those who are disgusting. For a time, my involvement in various radical groups, has brought me closer to one particular religious order that was supposed to have taken a huge part in the Reforms of the Catholic Church but my oh my, if it’s not a gay priest, it’s a father who has fathered someone somewhere, or a priest who has a girlfriend. And they don’t even get sanctioned by their own superiors!
…And with prosecutors thinking like that? I’m not sure about you people, but I think the world is coming to an end!