Lessons from Josh Duggar

My daughter Teresa (pink ear muffs) with Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar and Rick Santorum.
My daughter Teresa (pink ear muffs) with Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar and Rick Santorum.

Yesterday, our family was quite shocked to learn of the revelation that Josh Duggar had sexually molested his sisters when he was a teenager. We heard the news through LifeSite and then read the statements from him and from his family on their Facebook page.

This is the gist of what happened, via LifeSite:

A 2006 police report leaked to the media states that Josh was investigated for sex offenses, including “forcible fondling” against five minors.

According to the report, the first allegations surfaced in March 2002, the same month he turned 14. At the time the family dealt with the allegations internally. A year later, however, when further allegations were made, the family sent Josh to work with a family friend for three months, after which his father took Josh to see a state trooper.

According to the report, the trooper gave Josh a “stern talk” about what would happen if he “continued such behavior,” but no formal action was taken at the time.

Having raised four teenagers (two boys and two girls) I can relate to the Duggars’ frustration. Though my kids never acted out sexually, they have acted out in troubling ways that fly in the face of the Catholic Faith that I have tried my best to teach them. It is harder to live a life of virtue as a teenager than it is to live one as an adult. Even I myself did many things as a teenager that I have since repented of and would not want hashed out in the public square. I truly did learn from my mistakes, and I truly have learned that God will forgive all manner of wrongdoing, provided that I repent and ask his forgiveness. Clearly, Josh Duggar has repented and has allowed God to transform him into the person he is today.

When my daughters first heard the news about Josh, they were deeply wounded. I immediately reminded them of St. Paul and St. Maria Goretti. Saint Paul was in the business of murdering Christians when our Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus and changed his life forever. St. Paul went on to pen many books of the New Testament and was a great apostle of the Church. St. Maria Goretti was a young girl who was molested by a boy (Alessandro) who lived with her family. When she refused his advances, Alessandro stabbed her. In the hospital, on her death bed, she forgave him. She is considered by the Church to be a martyr for purity. Alessandro attended her canonization, a changed man, forgiven not only by St. Maria Goretti and by our Blessed Lord, but also forgiven by the whole Catholic Church. There are no members of the Catholic Church who dispute the change in Alessandro. In like manner, there should be no members of the Church who dispute the change in Josh Duggar, who has clearly repented and changed.

I realize that there are many in today’s culture who know nothing of such things. There is a sort of “lynch mob” mentality where bodies are not hung from trees in the public square, but reputations are surely lynched. Bill Cosby is an example of this. There is an aversion to charging him in a court of law, but a feeding frenzy to destroy his reputation in the public eye. One of the principles that makes America free is the principle that all are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We have, sadly, lost this principle.  It would be better for America if we could learn again these two things: God can change those who repent, and all should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

CRS Head’s Disappointing Defense of Material Cooperation in Grave Sin

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

The head of Catholic Relief Services, which has been under fire for collaboration with pro-abortion population control groups and for hiring an openly (sexually active) homosexual as Vice President, has given an interview to Aleteia which removes all doubt about whether the accusations are true. We now know that the accusations are, in fact, true and that CRS has no intention of changing. The only question left is, what do we do about it?

What we do about it is what we are already doing. That is, we are not donating to CRS. I do not personally know anyone who donates to CRS. More often than not, even with the Rice Bowl initiative, I hear people saying that they will not participate precisely because of these problems. On the other hand, we now know that Catholic Relief Services is unwilling to operate as a truly Catholic organization because to do so would mean they would have to give up government grants. The effect is that Catholic Relief Services is not Catholic at all. It is an arm of the civil government. The dollars flowing into CRS are not the dollars of Catholics who are loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church. They are the dollars of taxpayers that the government will not release to CRS unless CRS cooperates with the pro-abortion, population control agenda.

I would call on everyone to pray for CRS, that the scales will fall from their eyes. That is that they are no longer an organization that has the support of mainstream loyal Catholics. They are an arm of the U.S. government which does not have a Catholic worldview and will not be receiving donations from Catholics as such.

 

US State Department Says No to Iraqi Christians

From Philos Project:

iraq_christianWriting in April in USA Today about the murder of 12 Christian migrants thrown into the sea by Muslims for praying to Jesus instead of Allah, columnist Kirsten Powers stated that President Barack Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.”

The president’s response appears to be United States policy. Evidence suggests that within the administration not only is there no passion for persecuted Christians under threat of genocide from the Islamic State, there is no room for them, period. In fact, despite ISIS’ targeting of Iraqi Christians specifically because they are Christians, and, as such, stand in the way of a pure, Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East (and beyond), the U.S. State Department has made it clear that “there is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation.

Read more at Philos Project

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