Today, news broke that Jean Vanier sexually abused women under his spiritual direction. His conduct mirrored that of his spiritual director, Fr. Thomas Phillippe, O.P.. Stunning news for me. But it's not about me, although almost everyone I have ever admired spiritually turns out to have a past. It's kind of a consolation actually. Confirming we are all sinners, in need of a Redeemer. Thanks be to God.
Knowing that, how much more generous ought we to be towards the faults and failings of others, and never, ever look down on anyone, no matter their moral state.
I said in my alarm;From America:
'no man can be trusted'
all have gone astray,
there is not a good man left -
there is no one who does good,
no, not even one.
Especially not me.
Internal report finds that L’Arche founder Jean Vanier engaged in decades of sexual misconduct.
In a report that will soon be released conducted by L’Arche, Mr. Vanier is accused of sexual misconduct with six adult, non-disabled women who sought spiritual direction from the late activist, author and philosopher. According to a press release from L’Arche USA, the investigation “reveals that Jean Vanier himself has been accused of manipulative sexual relationships and emotional abuse between 1970 and 2005, usually within a relational context where he exercised significant power and a psychological hold over the alleged victims.” - Finish reading here.
L'Arche: Internal investigation reveals abuses committed by Jean Vanier - VaticanNews