You’d think that after the Scandal of the past three years, especially in how lawyers for archdioceses and their bosses have been morally tone deaf in the way they handle legal defenses, we’d be past this now, but we aren’t.
A woman is suing a priest in Portland, Oregon, for child support for their son, which he fathered when he was a seminarian. The Redemptorist priest claims that his vow of poverty prevents him from caring for the boy. In effect, he is hiding behind the evangelical counsels to avoid dealing with effects of his sin on an innocent boy and his mother. The judge agreed and allowed him to only pay $323 per month and avoid having to provide health care for the child who suffers from asthma and allergies.
The Redemptorists are supposed to be missionaries to the poor. Where is their sense of social justice here?
Back in 1993, when the child was born, the mother sued the Archdiocese of Portlandose who claim that the Church doesn’t really believe what she teaches, but just uses it as a way to control and oppress people, especially women.