Even the Sparrow Blog: “The World Is Rotten Because of Silence”

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“The World Is Rotten Because of Silence”
Posted at 8:15 pm by claire dwyer, on September 12, 2018

The stories in the Catholic world these days, stories of abuse, cover-ups, and promotion of predators have me profoundly sad. The word “silence” has me angry.

I want to tell a story, which is still a mystery to me, but one which I find I cannot stop thinking about these days. It is a brief story, because I don’t have all the details. But for a reason I do not understand, God wanted me to know the story. And for what it’s worth, I feel that I am to tell it now. Off the bat, I need to say that the story begins with a good and upright priest.

Seven years ago, home in Arizona, I was awakened from a sound sleep in the middle of the night. I felt almost as if I had been shaken by someone. I lay there for a moment, disoriented. Then, an interior voice with the clarity of a bell said, Find out what happened to Fr. Bruce.


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