• 08.27.2018  A woman prays during a Mass for victims and survivors if clergy sex abuse Aug. 26 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Ore. (CNS photo by Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
    08.27.2018 A woman prays during a Mass for victims and survivors if clergy sex abuse Aug. 26 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Ore. (CNS photo by Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)

Remember gifts of the Spirit in light of scandal

Catholic Courier    |    10.01.2018


To the editor:

I’m a 92 year old WWII Navy Veteran. I served on the USS Guam, a Battle Cruiser. I was Yeoman 3rd class, responsible for recording offenses into the records of 2000 enlisted men. Close to 100 (5%) were serious charges – close to the percentage of national Catholic Priests proven guilty of child abuse.

At Confirmation, we Christians should remember and practice the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit we received:

Wisdom – We should be wise enough not to judge all Priests by the serious sins of a few.

Understanding - We should understand that it is important for church leaders to conduct psychological examinations before young men enter the seminary.

Counsel – Sound advice, guidance, direction, information, enlightenment, warning, admonition and caution are essential before vows are taken.

Knowledge – Understanding and comprehending the sacrifices involved.

Piety – committed or devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercise; a devout Catholic.

Fortitude – strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.

Fear of the Lord - In the Catholic Encyclopedia, Jacques Forget explains that this gift “fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him.”

I share these gifts on my not-for-profit website www.YesPa.org – used in English speaking grammar schools throughout the world.

To the 95%, God Bless and Love You. To the 5%, “God is all just, all Holy and all Merciful,” and I pray for you.

Fred W. Sarkis

Canandaigua

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