A Roman Catholic priest in the diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana has been sentenced to a “life of prayer and penance” after charges of sexual misconduct with children were brought against him.
Frederick James Lyons has been stripped of his title of Monsignor, and told that he cannot perform clerical duties, attend church functions, or wear his clerical robes. However he has not been defrocked or excommunicated by the Vatican.
His Grace the Bishop of Alexandria, Donald P. Herzog, suspended Lyons in 2006 after the allegations surfaced, and suspended him from priestly duties. Now, following a decision from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Herzog has said:
“I ask for your prayers for all who are affected by these accusations: victims, their families, our church and the accused.”
Unfortunately, as has so often been the case with the institutionalization of the rape of children within the Church, Lyons is far from likely to have been the only transgressor. According to OpposingViews.com:
“BishopAccountability.org lists five priests, including Lyons, accused of sexual abuse in the Alexandria Diocese of Louisiana. The database also lists five in Baton Rouge, six in Houma-Thibodaux, 16 in Lafayette and 33 in New Orleans who have been publicly accused of similar offenses.”
Lyons’ sentence is indicative of the Church’s attitude towards abused children from over the decades. It alone feels that it can police and punish those responsible for these crimes, and that it is above the law when it came to reporting them. Compassion is not shown to the victims, who have had their innocence cruelly snatched from them, but to the sinister and wicked caste of elderly virgins, whose crimes against children are too revolting to even contemplate.