No one should ever feel alone and imprisoned in thoughts and memories. Pope Francis has described the Church as a field hospital for the wounded after battle -- and it’s an institution that has experienced its own battles against abuse and secrecy, and learned valuable lessons from them.
The Pope’s quote “suggests that the world has become a war zone, where countless people are lying spiritually wounded and in dire need of help. Our pornography-saturated culture wounds people, even and especially in their tender early years when they are exposed to pornography, or to the kind of sexual abuse that pornography encourages. Loskarn was one of these wounded souls.”
Loskarn’s innocence was stolen from him, and he never recovered. He needed to encounter the depth of God’s love and grace. So many do. That’s why society needs people of faith who feel that obligation to serve, out of love of God and thanksgiving for His mercy.
Don’t settle for pain and false encounter. Don’t just curse the darkness, either: Turn on a lamp, insist on light.
(Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online, director of Catholic Voices USA and a consultant with the Magnificat Foundation. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)