Posted by: coastcontact | January 22, 2013

Religion Earning a Bad Reputation

“Christian” counseling must counsel the soul with techniques generated by the Spirit of God; counseling which is not Christian counsels the soul with techniques generated by the spirit of this world.  Jewish counseling seems to be about the issues that any therapist might provide but with a view relating to Jewish perspectives of life.

A well-known religious counselor in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse. Nechemya Weberman, 54, was convicted of 59 counts of sexual abuse and child endangerment on December 10, including the sexual abuse of a young girl he was counseling for over three years.  Read it all at The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News reported that “the statute of limitations is the main stumbling block to prosecuting Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, L.A.’s former archbishop, and aides in the sex abuse files from the 1980s released this week, experts say.”

My questions:

  • Why is there a statute of limitations for child molestation crimes?
  • Why are words spoken in a Catholic confessional protected from criminal prosecution?
  • What kind of society exists in America that excuses the misbehavior of members of the clergy?
  • Is this part of the Twilight Zone world that has invaded our world?

We hold religious leaders to high moral and ethical standards.  Many people need and want the guidance they offer.  Recent behavior of those leaders tells me that our faith may be misplaced.

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