Six Word Story: Sin

We’re not sinners. The priest was!


This post was written in response to this week’s Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge , with the prompt Sin.

Writing a story in only 6 words sometimes is really hard. This week I wanted to tell a real story. The story of my own wedding.

I guess I managed to tell the essence of it, although it’s not at all clear what the story is about, other than that the sin was the priest’s, not ours.

We were planning our wedding and hired a priest to come to my mom’s place to celebrate the wedding.
We trusted him, in spite of some red flags that we could have identified during the process.
Then about a year later, it was in the news that he wasn’t a priest anymore, since 5+ years before, exonerated by the church due to child molestation history.
Then he left the city where it all happened, came to my city and played nice.
In spite of the story becoming public about 14 years ago, he’s still performing weddings and baptisms in the same city! Talk about impunity….

But anyways, after the story came out, family was insisting that we needed to re-marry, otherwise we would be living ‘in sin’. Our argument not to is the six word story above.

The sin is his, not ours…. (hey, 6 words again! ;o)


7 thoughts on “Six Word Story: Sin

  1. A very sad story these priests who are child molesters. I read a story on one of the other blogs I get recently about a girl growing up in the Catholic Church whose brother was molested by a priest. People didn’t believe her brother and the priest died never facing justice. Anyways, your explanation of your six word story was dead on. You are not the sinners, that was the priest. A bad Priest doesn’t mean your vows before God and your friends/family are null. Sad story, but nonetheless a good answer from you.

    • Yeah. that’s how I feel. I did my ‘share’ by calling him and mave my wedding the way it’s suppose to happen. If he lied to me, the sin in there. And if the reason why he needs to lie is as bad as his, being exonerated from the church should not have been enough. This guy should be in jail.
      Thanks for reading.

  2. What a dreadful situation! Its amazing that he’s still performing his priestly duties despite everything that happened. Well done capturing your story in the six words – and not once, but twice!

    • To be honest, I’m not sure how public is the cause of his exoneration. I’ll try to find the news cut out my mom sent me. I know about it because my uncle lives on the city he came from, and my aunt did some investigations.
      He is paraplegic due to a shot that hit his spine. His story is that he was shot when he reacted to a robbery, but in reality it as an angry dad who shot him.
      Still, if it went public that he doesn’t have the ‘powers’ to perform the sacraments, that should have been enough to stop him.

  3. The sin is “his” indeed! hope he believes in karma…when I read your line and then the story I kept shaking my head. I heard many stories, coming from a province that was indoctrinated for years by the Catholic church…the operative word is “was”.
    I love the photo you offered at FFfAW…very nice!

    • Yeah. I don’t really go to churches anymore. Used to on my childhood and teenage years, but not anymore. A couple years ago, my mom was visiting around Christmas time and she wanted to attend the mass in a Catholic Church close to my home, so I went with her. I felt so out of place! But she was happy to have me with her, so it was worthy it. 😉

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