Today was an eventful one in the Australian Federal Parliament. The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition apologised to survivors of sexual abuse in this country. Targeted by ‘respectable’ men in orphanages, churches, schools, institutions, scouts, camps, their homes, and elsewhere they were innocent children expected to be protected and loved. Instead they were mistreated, underfed, used for sex and much more.
Some stories are heartbreaking but all are appalling. Hundreds of priests, teachers, and community leaders who used and then threatened them have mostly escaped prosecution. At least one has been appointed to a top position in the Vatican.
In the Catholic Church they were made to feel guilty and even had to confess their sins to their abuser in confession. How sick is that?
Abuse in these places, however, is not only sexual as many suffered discrimination and the lies that they are unworthy and will go to hell. As a non-Catholic in a Catholic school my own experience was extremely painful when the class was told that people like me could never go to heaven and anyone who associated with them would go to hell.
With memory of my reincarnation and a link to the Spirit of the Universe, the real God, there were many times when tears flowed freely and resentment and other things welled inside me. Most of my early years there were spent with very few friends or even feeling worthy enough to speak to my classmates.
The question is what does the word sorry really mean? Have we become so deadened to reality that we can submit to magic and feel that such a term heals the wounds? Isn’t that what happens when we use chosen words like ‘thankyou’ and ‘sorry’ as if we are passing a spell over someone.
Perhaps its time we woke up and began to question religions and the institutions that support them. What is it that protects their evil and overrides common sense? In my experience and through the research conducted over my lifetime the answer is ‘power and control’. That is what governments require and what organised societies survive on.
It doesn’t matter how many times one hears the word ‘sorry’ it will never take away the pain or restore the mind to normality. They are still subject to mind-control by the brain-washing they have endured from childhood. What would be far better is the overthrow of the ridiculous for better understanding.
Heaven and hell are myths and the weapons of religious terrorism. Every child abused along with those who suffer discrimination perpetrated on the basis that unless one belongs then you are an outcast can never heal. They are tormented for life by their experience and unless and until religious organisations are called out the behaviour that caused their pain will continue. No word can erase it.
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