There are many good people who truly don’t get it. They stand in judgement of this man for his behavior which, Lynch admits, perpetuates the cycle of violence, but they also don’t know what horror those two little boys experienced, and how the impact of that trauma has lived with them – physically and emotionally – for the rest of their lives. Frankly, little rectums were never supposed to be violated and the internal damage done has literally scarred them for life physically. Anyone representing the Church/God/Jesus is now abhorrent to them, as this priest completely destroyed the trust these little guys had in the faith they were growing to love. Every single relationship, both male and female, from the point of their molestation, has been impacted negatively. These boys grew to question their manhood – if a man did this to me, does that make me gay?
No, what Lynch did was not right, but thankfully the jury was able to see beyond the present and into the eyes of a very betrayed little boy, and the message the Jury has given is: never think you will get away with molesting a child. Your day in court will come.
Many will shake their heads at this post, but I’ll leave you with the words of Mark Twain: “Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”