To the editor:
I am aware that if there is one child abused it is one too many (Mark 9:42). The lifelong hurt and destruction of that person’s relationship to God and the Church, caused by clergy sexual abuse and the mishandling by some bishops, is incalculable. The young person’s very soul has been deeply wounded.
Yet keep in mind one factor, as the Bishops of the world gather to address the clergy abuse issue from February 21-24; by the end of those four days, 500,000 pre-born children’s lives will be ended in the world through abortions ‚Äì 125,000 abortions per day by a UN estimate. In addition, countless number of women’s lives ‚Äì many who are Catholic ‚Äì will be devastated by their abortions; I have witnessed this too many times through Project Rachel.
Many women, because of the overwhelming pressures, as well as the lack of support by those close to them or the wider community, will in an act of utter despair, commit the most extreme form of child abuse ‚Äì an abortion. As far as I can recall there has never been a gathering of the bishops of the world to address this most deadly form of child abuse, because to most people, abortion is still just a concept not the brutal reality it is for pre-born children and women also. We still have such a long way to go, not only in terms of our societies, but in our church as well.
Father Jim Hewes