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The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for them will never know the grace of God. Saint Silouan the Athonite

BECAUSE WE STRUGGLE WITH HOW TO NAME AND ANALYZE ABUSE, TO RECONCILE OURSELVES TO THE KNOWLEDGE THAT SOMEONE WE LOVE MIGHT ALSO BRUTALIZE CHILDREN, WE TOO OFTEN ALLOW ABUSE TO GO UNNAMED.

We would rather do nothing than protect children if protecting children requires us to disrupt our assumptions and hold abusers, whom we love, to account.

This is how abuse happens: because we let it.

These quotes were taken from an aritcle about Menlo Church pastor John Ortberg Jr. He knowingly encouraged his son and Lavery’s brother, confessed pedophile John Ortberg III, to spend unsupervised time with the congregation’s children.

When his son reported him, the church engaged in a cursory, brief and insufficient investigation. None of the youth supervised by the pedophiles were interviewed.  Menlo returned to the pulpit after an email reassured Menlo’s congregation the investigation failed to uncover “any misconduct in the Menlo Church community” or “any allegations of misconduct.”

They conclude that as a society we act as though acknowledging abuse’s occurrence and persistence — naming a person as an abuser — is somehow worse than the violation of children.

And so we continue to violate their right to a safe childhood.

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