In the last article, which detailed the responses at the priest's former parishes, I was struck by the following:
Benedictine priests from Mount Michael Abbey held weekend Masses as scheduled as they filled in for the Rev. Thomas Sellentin, whom Omaha Archbishop Elden Curtiss removed last Sunday.
Abuse allegations have arisen at five parishes around the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. The archdiocese said Sellentin has acknowledged abusing children.
In North Bend, parish families were asked to keep Sellentin in their prayers. A substitute pastor in Snyder mentioned a Wednesday meeting at which parishioners could discuss the situation
In Sellentin's absence, the bulletin said, parishioners can bring questions to any of 12 parish council members. Both churches are accepting cards for Sellentin.
Add those nuggets to your "How could this happen?" file: Parish families asked to keep the priest in their prayers....and the victims????. Both churches are accepting cards for Sellentin.
It's all about the priest. Always. Even to too many lay people. It's all about the priests, infantilized by their coddling parishes, and somehow never about the victims.