Church Scandal and Mouse Traps

In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, Catholics are outraged, hurt, betrayed by such egregious church scandal. Where do we go from here?

Jeff implores us to not get caught in a trap that will immobilize us. He asks us to look at the example of Jesus on the cross. Jesus knew he would be betrayed, beaten, and crucified, and yet he still gave himself in obedience to those who handed him over, who denied him three times, who nailed him to the cross.

God knows that members of the Church have been unfaithful, yet he asks us to follow Jesus’ example and stay close to him through the sacraments.

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trap with a skandalon


Snippet from the Show

“Jesus still gives himself to you in the Eucharist, and the Precious Blood. He still  meets you in the sacraments. Receive him. Don’t reject him because of the scandals. Don’t judge Jesus on the downfalls of men and women.”




John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  • “trouble” (thlipsis) – pressure, anguish, tribulation, burdened.
  • “overcome” (nikao) – to subdue, conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.
Psalm 124:6-8 – “Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalm 119:165 – “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
John 16:1 – “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.”
Romans 6:17,18 – “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
John 8:32 – “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Galatians 5:1 – “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

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