Monday, May 4, 2009

Thought for the Day: Geoffrey Robinson on Salvific Role of Victims of Clerical Abuse

There is another forgiveness that is essential. Communities must forgive, in the literal sense of "give themselves for," victims who have disturbed their comfort and meaning-making by speaking out about their abuse. Within the Catholic Church I must accept that, if no victims had come forward, nothing would have changed. We must learn to be positively grateful to victims for disturbing us. If we feel that we have lost some meaning, it was a false meaning, and their revelation has opened the way to a fuller and more rewarding meaning. . . . If a better church one day emerges from this crisis, it is they alone who must take the credit for creating it.

Geoffrey Robinson, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus (Dublin: Columba, 2007), p. 225.