The men in charge of the Church that wrote the woman-hating parts of HCR are the same men who let one of their precious priests sexually abuse very young boys (aged 7 to 16) for 27 years. Repeatedly. And there were repeated complaints and accusations from parents, fellow teachers, and the community to make him stop. But he never did — for over 40 years he was given free rein, by the same men whom our elected officials have empowered with the right to force my very own daughters to become mothers before they are ready, to hurt, humiliate, and terrorize little boys. Now, these weren’t just any boys. They were institutionalized deaf children. The most vulnerable of the vulnerable. Deaf children!
Why is it personal for me? My nephew was deaf before he died. What if he had lived long enough to be able to attend a special school for kids like him? What if this fragile, sweet boy had been delivered by his family (which includes me) to a place where powerful men hurt and humiliated him? And being deaf, he wouldnt have been able to talk! Literally!
Kids I went to school with were sexually molested by a priest in my parish. Their families were permanently damaged by what happened.
All of which is water under the bridge, and I don’t approve of personalizing an argument to drown out opposition (Only *I* know the truth because *I* lived it. That’s hogwash). But why I bring up a personal story is to remind people that this is REAL. It really, really happened (and continues to happen) to children and families.
This law and these men who enacted it are my enemies. They are the enemies of my daughters and yours — your granddaughters and nieces, and the girlfriends, sisters, and wives of your sons, grandsons, and nephews.
When the same men who molest children are calling the shots on where, when, and how children can and will be born to free American women, something is very very wrong with our democracy.
I pray Father Murphy’s immortal soul is tormented for all eternity for what he did to small boys who didn’t even have the power to scream.
And I thank God for showing me the true faces of our enemies: