Are some people guilty of protecting priests? I have not thought much about that before, but Steel must have for this theme sparks more and more to life in this chapter.
It has seemed to me that Ginny has been naive to some things as she and Blue met with authorities about Father Teddy. Ginny has a problem in that she cannot fully advocate for this minor child she has taken interest in; Charlene is his legal guardian. It was evident from the get go that Charlene was not very Blue interested, but she was very Teddy dedicated. In her assessment Father Teddy is trustworthy because of where he is and Blue is untrustworthy, because, well, he has been untrustworthy in some areas.
Charlene and Becky make presumptions and then fight for them.
Charlene and Becky are self-focused to the point that they are church blinded. They presume errors about Blue and about the church as a result of their normals. Ginny having had the life knocked out from under her has become different, others focused, others interested. That causes her to see things with an entirely different set of eyes.
Having listened to Blue and poured her life into Blue she has gained a sense of truth. Having watched and talked with Father Teddy she has gained a sense of his power over people. When she is ready to act, though, the presumptions others have became shocking in their stiffness. People like Charlene and Becky will protect priests. They do not see the truth and are not ready for it. There may even be religious superstitions which lie beneath the electric buzz that one feels when bumping up against them.
What can we make of this?
- We need to be wise before we fight. Reacting too soon one way or the other can lead to poorer outcomes.
- Study your Bible so you can avoid religious superstition. (prosecution of a bad priest doesn’t send you to hell).
- Be sensitive to priests and the disadvantaged. (Sometimes the Blue/Ginny teams may be wrong and the priests innocent)
- Don’t fret your circumstances. Ginny hit hard walls in life, but those hard walls have led her to a good place.
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