Sunday, 17 April 2011

Priest Accused of Bestiality

"Bestiality Statue?"
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I think I’m going to be ill! A priest accused of bestiality? Please tell me it is not so! Yet so reads the article in the Lethbridge Herald on Saturday April 16, 2011. Here’s the article:
“Additional charges against a priest facing numerous sex abuse charges against Inuit children include one count of bestiality. Court documents say the charge, one of five new ones laid this week against Eric Dejaeger, allegedly involved a dog. The new accusations bring to 28 the number of charges against Dejaeger. Almost all the counts are sex offenses allegedly committed against boys and girls in the remote Nunavut community of Igloolik between 1979 and 1982. Dejaeger, who was expelled earlier this year on immigration violations, is being held in custody awaiting bail in Iqaluit. He received a five-year sentence in 1990 after pleading guilty to nine counts of sex crimes against boys and girls in Baker Lake in the 1980’s.”
Doesn’t that just turn your stomach? It sure does turn mine! I believe it turns God’s stomach too. God said in Leviticus 20:15, “If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.” The priest in question should consider himself fortunate that the Old Testament laws like this one are no longer enforced. Then again, I suppose there are those who think that they probably should be.

It is one thing when such perversions happen in the world, but here is a man who “supposedly” represented God in His church, doing things even worse than many non-believers would do. How do we account for that? The Apostle Paul said that it is because of pseudo-Christians like this that “God’s name is blasphemed” (Romans 2:24) among the unbelieving world. When the world sees church leaders doing this sort of thing, what possible attraction does the church have for them? Why would they even consider Christianity? Perhaps that is why Paul also said that there are many who “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18).

Sexual crimes against children are horrible enough in their own right, and in my opinion, the laws here are still far too lenient for this type of crime.  Have we become lethargic on the subject of pedophile priests? Has there been so much publicity in recent years on this subject that it no longer shocks or offends us? 

Do we now need to add the shock value of priestly bestiality to our list of religious perversions? And when we’ve become accustomed to the sounds of bestiality, then what? How low can we go as a society before God says enough is enough and brings on a societal judgment on us such as we've never seen before?

What should our response to this as believers be? What are your thoughts?

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