Later, the priest may apologize, and even believe that he is sorry. I could only control my own actions, so I blamed myself the most. X for his schoolboy mentality and the way he handled and justified everything between us.
The woman may hope that the priest is in a discernment period during these cycles—and he may well be.
Many priests have left the priesthood to become husbands and (true) fathers, men of faith and family.
The woman has just suffered intense emotional and spiritual damage—to add the pressure of forgiveness on top of that might be too much to bear, resulting in even more unnecessary guilt.
What’s more, the woman might end up lying to herself if she believes she has completely forgiven the priest or the church or even herself, as I did. Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that it has no purpose…” But you need to be somewhat removed from the situation before that can happen.metaphor for my grievance against Fr. My grievance lies not in the fact that he didn’t or wouldn’t leave the priesthood to be with me.
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