Monsignor Charles Scicluna, who has been dealing with cases of sexual abuse on the part of priests, lashed out at those who abuse their religious trust by engaging in actions that damage the lives of children. He warned such priests they face a horrible time in Hell and they will wish they had been killed on Earth rather than face the fires of eternity. He made clear a pedophile priest who exploited his office would receive tougher treatment in hell than any ordinary layman. “It would be really better fro him that his evil deeds cause him death” here on planet Earth. Those who assist such priests were also warned they will wind up in Hell and have a hot time dealing with its fires.
It is all well and good to warn about Hell, but the issue is that men who engage in sexual abuse of children are dealing with mental issues that require psychological assistance –here on Earth. Rather than warning about Hell, it would be helpful if the Catholic Church re-examined its celibacy policy and allowed its priests to enjoy a normal love relationship with a woman–or man. The solution lies not in Hell, but here on Earth.