Who’s the victim?

Who’s the victim?

A Long Island priest was sentenced to jail for molesting teenage boy. Fr. Michael Hands got two years, plus five-years probation under a plea agreement because he testified before grand jury investigating the Rockville Centre diocese.

The victim had been critical of Hands for portraying himself as a victim of the diocese and diocesan leaders during the cover-up of the Scandal. Meanwhile, Hands even suggested in his statement that the boy, who was 14 at the time, welcomed the molestation. “No matter how cooperative he was, I was the adult,” he said. Cooperative? There are a lot of reasons a child might not fight back, but cooperation does not mean welcome.

Pray for the victim who says he has lost his faith and for all the victims during this Lent.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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