Let me tell you all a short story. There was once a family. It was a caring, and outwardly family, but the parents gave the children whatever they asked for, because they did not want to upset the children. This happened for many years, until finally, the parents woke up and realized that they were going to ruin their kids lives and possibly their souls if they continue to give them anything they asked for. So the parents, after calmly and lovingly explaining the situation to the children, laid down some rules. The children now had to be home and in their rooms by 11:00pm (they were older children, this had gone on for quite a while), they were now going to need to pay for their own cell phones if they wanted them, and most of all, if they wanted to keep a TV in the house, they would need to complete a set list of chores every week.
Can you guess what happened next? That’s right. The children didn’t like this very much. In fact, they really hated all the changes. They said that the parents just wanted to drag them back to the pre-labor-law past when children had to work hard and excessive guilt was used on those who didn’t toe the party line. They wanted to move forward. They felt betrayed. They felt like their lives had been taken away. They felt they had no freedom. But most of all, they now hated their parents for not being “loving,” and not giving them what they wanted. Now, the parents only talked to them about self control and moderation when they wanted extravagant foods and big parties. “Surely they don’t love us,” the children said to one another, “this is abuse. We need to get rid of them and find a new family.” It was then that the children secretly called Child Protective Services, and filed a complaint against the parents, namely that they were neglecting their children and not caring for them.
After the investigation was completed, CPS claimed it found nothing of the sort. All it found was parents who fed their children healthy food, tried to teach their kids lovingly how to live as good people, and several kids who needed a change in attitude. However, the report clearly stipulated: if any concrete evidence of anything illegal or abusive, it should be reported, and the parents would be dealt with appropriately.
But the children couldn’t find anything to hold against them, so they plotted to stop their assigned chores, and thought that would make their parents give in through the pressure. But as the agreement was, when the chores were not done at the end of the week, they woke up on Saturday morning, and the TV was gone. This sparked a major outrage from the children, but the parents were given no choice, following the childrens’ drastic actions. This was the final straw. Some of the children ran away. Other stayed and made life miserable for the parents, criticizing their every move, even though everything they did was for their children from making the meals to going to work.
Thus endeth the story.
In this story, who is in the right? Are the children’s actions to be supported for having to live under the household of tyrannical parents, or should they be pitied for not realizing what amazing parents they have, and shamed for their reprehensible actions?
In case you haven’t yet realized yet, this story is a true story. It is the story of the old pastor (the “old” parents) and the new and good and holy priests (“new” parents) in Plattevile, Wisconsin, the misbehavior of the parishioners (children) and the involvement of the bishop (a higher authority, here symbolized by Child Protective Services).
The story doesn’t look quite the same when you look at it from this perspective, does it?
This isn’t a pleasant time for anyone. But liberals: do you think destroying the parish school (the TV) and the reputations of these holy and hard working priests will help the situation?
Pass this along far and wide to anyone you know who needs to hear it.