Struck by the fact that 144 survivors of sexual abuse settled with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, I wanted to try to find 144 words to express the values on display from social conservative leaders last week. Here are my 144 words, add yours in comments if you choose.
One hundred and forty-four souls.
A gross reminder of childhood diverted,
youth and sexuality robbed of sacred joy
by faked Holiness
practicing power over
Admission of responsibility
replacing decades of denial,
allows genuine healing to begin.
Pious politicians and
another dogmatic diocese
on full display.
Families valued as political shields,
double standards denied,
Let's talk values.
Generations of fear
Teaching youth to responsibly respect
and protect — these are not values to fear.
Communicating your sacred self, your soul,
whatever you call what calls from within,
however you find love in this life
responsibly and honestly — these are not values to hide.
Trusting every individual decision
to the individual's journey;
your life, body, health —
these are not values of shame.
Liberty, respect, responsibility, honesty, choice, privacy —
American values that heal.