I do believe the Monsignor has gotten the point.


“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them,” James 4:17. I think by now we have all heard about the child abuse that occurred at Penn state. Jerry Sandusky, the man who did the abuse, was recently sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years, basically a life sentence for him. But what about Joe Paterno. Joe was the head coach at Penn State and was one of the most well respected coaches in all of college football. Now he never assaulted any child, but because of what of one of his coaches did 111 of his 400 career wins were vacated, meaning taken back. 6 of his 18 bowl wins were taken back. And what did Joe Pa do? Nothing, and that was the problem. Not only did he do nothing about the abuse, he convinced other people to do nothing about it as well. Now I think we all agree that the good and right thing to do in that situation would have been to report your coach for what he had done. But instead he did nothing, and look at what happened. A legend who used to be known for coaching the same team for 62 years is now known for overlooking child molestation. One of the most respected men in the history of college football is now having a statue, that was put up in his honor, taken down because he did nothing. The next time you wonder what would be that harm of inaction, what bad could come of me doing nothing, or I don’t want to deal with this even though I know it’s the right thing to do, remember Joe Paterno. Remember that choosing to do nothing even 1 time can wipe out an entire lifetime of respect and integrity. Edmund Burke said., “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Now I know he was talking about something else, but realize the basic truth in it. Never pass up an opportunity to do the right thing. Become the Target!


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