Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Being a forlorn Catholic foot soldier - The Father Euteneuer incident

Of all places, I found out about the latest Catholic sex scandal on the Huffington Post - not a Catholic friendly forum to begin with, although the news of Father Euteneur's indiscretion, has leftcommenters practically giddy with delight.

A sampling:

It was during an exorcism..­. "The Devil made me do it!"

Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers.

Yet another zealously "devout", god fearing hypocrite just trying to show us the error of our ways. Goodbye. Good ridance.

Long time readers might remember that I have supported Father Euteneuer several times on this blog, most memorably in his debate with Sean Hannity. I was glad to do it.  Father Euteneuer was an untiring, outspoken defender of the unborn and an upholder of the church and her teachings.  It was so refreshing and inspiring to have such a priest speaking the truth.

and now this.

Any one who tries to talk about the Catholic faith on secular forums or even on their own blogs knows that the sex scandal of the last decade gets thrown around with great liberty.  Whether the topic is  Catholic schools, the Eucharist or travel to Rome, someone will manage to get a snide remark in about priests and altar boys.  It sure makes defending or even discussing Church teaching challenging at best.

But this latest blow has just knocked the wind out of my sail.  I saw the Huffpo article, read some of the comments, and just closed it down.  After all, what could I really say.  And even though Father Euteneuer says that he hopes that this one incident doesn't undo the 20 some years of service he has given, in a way it kind of will.  This is what he's going to be remembered for I'm afraid.  His name and everything it stood for is now stained.  I'm sure even Sean Hannity is somewhere smirking about it.

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