By Kathy Kane, guest blogger
When our children are young, we baby proof our homes. We strap them into car seats. They wear helmets to ride their bikes. We take them to the doctors and immunize them against disease.
From the moment you become a parent , your life is never the same. Protect your young. It is a primal feeling. We see it even in the animal kingdom. Protect the youngest of the group. We don’t need civil law, canon law or Archdiocesan review boards to point this out. Protect the children.
As parents we want so much for our children – academic success, social interaction, happiness. Without basic safety, none of these things matter.
In the last few weeks there have been many thoughts expressed and people weighing in. Today I responded to a commenter on the site who pointed out that we all might be forgetting about the innocent clergy.
I think what we all are forgetting is the innocent children of the Archdiocese, thousands of them.
I have written and expressed my own feelings about how my faith has been shaken. It is important to share your feelings – especially in times of crisis.
Last week after the rally, a woman emerged from the Archdiocese building and approached me and a friend. It was a confusing interaction, we exchanged a few pleasantries and she gave me a book. It was titled “Rediscovering Catholicism.” My friend who is also a practicing Catholic, made a statement that still stays with me. She said “I was here today to protect children.”
Why do we find ourselves defending our position within the Church, when advocating for children? It is what my religion has taught me. Protect the vulnerable – the innocent.
Protect the young. Not one more child, not one more victim, not one more life shattered. Protect the children.