You would think that after what seems like non-stop revelations of Catholic priests abusing children, parents would not let their children be alone with a priest. And yet, when the priest of a parish in Oregon told the parents of a 12-year old boy that he would like to take their son on a trip to the mountains, they not only agreed but let the boy spend the night in the priest’s house.
You can probably guess what happened and it was disgusting.
It ended with the terrified boy running away down the street followed by the priest in his underwear. Fortunately for the boy a nearby resident took him and returned him to his family.
I was reminded of this story about film director Alfred Hitchcock.
Hitchcock was a lonely, imaginative, obese child, raised Catholic and trained to give his mother the day’s confession every night.
As an adult, driving in Switzerland one day, Hitchcock pointed out the window and told a friend, “That is the most frightening sight I have ever seen.” The friend looked out with alarm and saw only a priest with his arm around a young boy. But Hitchcock leaned out of the car: “Run, little boy! Run for your life!”
All parents, and young children, would be well advised to follow Hitchcock’s advice.