Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


July 5, 2014

Reflections on an earlier column


A couple of weeks ago I talked about cruelty to animals – domestic and wild – and I spoke about how man has dominion over the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, and by this I believe we are to take good care of these creatures.

I had the following response from my former priest, Father Phil Swickard. I thought I would share it, then discuss his comments.

“I wanted to applaud your piece on animal cruelty in last Sunday’ s Index. But there was another point that could be added, except it would have made your work look like a lawyer’s brief: God indeed made man in his image. It’s obvious God hated nothing he made, or he wouldn’t have made it. Thus for a human to act in hate toward something God created in love isn’t behaving as one created in God’s image. One could go on and on from that point and wonder why the demonic twist – which is the answer. Such a person is demonic. This is of no small concern in our generation. The same symptoms prevailed in Aurora, Colorado, at the movie theater shooting, and again in Newport, with the little children. It points to demonic child abuse, which comes to fruition when the victim becomes the mass victimizer.”

I agree with Father Swickard and would add that even if the abuser victimizes only one child, that is one too many! In fact, when one human being victimizes another, it’s just plain wrong!

When I as a child was the victim of abuse twice – not by my parents, but rather by a distant family member and by one of my high school teachers. I really don’t believe that the abuse affected me in the long run, other than to make me really not like child abusers and to work hard, especially when I was teaching, to make sure that anything I could do to help a child being victimized, I would do.

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