Fr. Gordon MacRae's Must Read Article
However, if you only read one post Fr. MacRae has written, I suggest it be his final one for this year, The Dark Night of a Priestly Soul. It tells the story of Fr. Richard Lower who seven years ago on December 29th, took his own life because of accusations of sexual abuse.
While I understand that there were and are priests guilty of this heinous crime, there are more priests that were accused falsely and have either taken their lives or are seving prison sentences. Fr. MacRae gives more detail and statistics on these things in his post.
My reason for writing this post and encouraging you to read Fr. MacRae's is to get as many people as possible to pray for priests, all priests.
I will repeat here what I said to Fr. MacRae in my comment to him. Our priests are on the front lines in fighting this battle against Satan. What Satan is well aware of is that if he can get rid of our priests, there is no Jesus in the Eucharist, no Jesus in the Eucharist~ well let's not even go there!
I know that Christ promised us that the gates of the netherworld would not prevail against His Church, but it is taking a beating. Our prayers are needed to help fight the battle.
Let us pray for our priests. Give them an encouraging word when we can. They need our help, not our criticism.
We also need to pray for those priests who are guilty; they are in need of healing. Finally, let us pray for those priests who have been falsely accused and succumbed to the despair and anguish caused by these accusations and have taken their own lives.
Here are the links to Fr. MacRae's post wriiten at Priests In Crisis and the link to his blog These Stone Walls.